OAKLAND -- As the Donald Sterling racial wildfire went full flame Saturday, there wasn't a whole lot of talk about actual basketball from the Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers tried hard to deflect the controversial comments attributed to their owner by attempting to turn the spotlight to the task at hand -- taking a commanding lead against the Warriors by winning Sunday's Game 4 at Oracle Arena.

"We feel like this game is even more important than the one on Thursday," said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, whose club would love to take a 3-1 series lead back to Los Angeles.

One thing is certain. Despite calls from the outside for the Clippers to boycott the game, they will show up to tip off at 12:30 p.m. against the Warriors.

"We're going to play, and we're going to play hard," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Our enemy right now has to be Golden State, and we have to get that focus on them. We've worked too hard for this."

The Clippers players did not speak publicly about Sterling's remarks, and forward Blake Griffin maintained the club had a strong practice at USF.

"Very focused," Griffin said. "I think we accomplished what we needed to, went over some things we messed up on that we need to get better at, and everybody was locked in."

The brunt of the distractions media-wise fell on Rivers, who admitted the Warriors might gain an advantage from the Sterling story breaking.

"In a weird way, Golden State is having a ball right now because we're not talking about them," Rivers said. "That I spent 45 minutes in a meeting instead of watching film did not make me happy, if you know me at all."

From the Warriors' side, meanwhile, the task is clear. They can't lose this game and expect to win the series.

"You don't have to have some crazy speech or a motivational clip or anything like that," Andre Iguodala said. "We know what the situation is and how important it is to get this next game."

  • Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he still wasn't ready to speak to the particulars of lineup changes in the frontcourt for Sunday. The Clippers, meanwhile, aren't concerned about what Golden State does.

    "We still have the same game plan," Griffin said. "It doesn't really change much for us. Obviously, the matchup is a little different defensively, and it changes their team around a little bit, but we've played quality minutes against a lot of different matchups."

    Paul is counting on the Warriors trying some new tricks against Griffin, who has scored 67 points in the past two games.

    "I don't know what they're going to do or who they're going to put on Blake, but BG is going to play his game," Paul said.

  • Jackson knows the Warriors have to solve the defensive strategy that has cut point guard Stephen Curry's effectiveness and production, particularly early in games.

    "Obviously, we have to put him a position where he can be a threat," Jackson said. "They're doing a good job putting two guys on him and forcing him to get rid of the basketball. What I don't want him to do is all of a sudden get out of character and take bad shots and make bad decisions by trying to do too much."

    Jackson added there are two key solutions to breaking the Clippers' trapping strategy.

    "It's best to either push it in transition off of misses and get early offense that way where it's tougher to trap, or get him off the ball and use him in scenarios where there's ball movement and man movement."

  • Even though the Warriors were 6 for 31 on 3-point attempts in Game 3, Jackson thought the shots his players took were fine.

    "I thought we got some very good looks," he said. "But it's a make-or-miss league, and we missed shots. Those are shots I don't want my guys to turn down. When it was 89-86, Klay (Thompson) had a wide-open shot (that missed), and I thought Steph had a couple of looks. We just missed shots. I look forward to when we get into a rhythm offensively."

  • There was an Andrew Bogut sighting Saturday, with the injured center (fractured rib) dressed out before practice. But Jackson contended Bogut wasn't doing any practice work and still is out indefinitely.

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