OAKLAND -- The Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers can finally put their full attention back on basketball after four days partially dominated by the Donald Sterling controversy.
With the Clippers owner now banned from the NBA for life, it's a chance for the players and coaches to breathe a sigh of relief and resume some sense of normalcy.
And as Warriors coach Mark Jackson pointed out, his team may have been even more affected by the controversy Tuesday.
"They had the luxury of not having to worry about media," Jackson said, referring to the Clippers' decision to not have a media availability session at their morning shootaround before Game 5.
"We had, which not much has been made of, but if you're going to give them an excuse for the draining day before the game, I think my guys with the idea of doing media, with the idea of not knowing whether we were going to play -- we don't want an excuse, but obviously I don't like the way we competed."
The Clippers have now gone three straight days with limited media availability. Coach Doc Rivers cancelled practice Monday and only spoke via conference call. Clippers players weren't available Tuesday except for after the game, and they also weren't available Wednesday, with Rivers again talking only through a conference call.
Warriors players aren't complaining and say the issue hasn't affect their play.
"We haven't been in the game thinking about anything else but how to beat the Clippers," guard Stephen Curry said. "Yeah, we get questions about certain situations and obviously there was anticipation to see what was going to happen and all that taking place was definitely a good thing, but even Game 4 and last night, once the ball was tipped, there was no cloudiness or thoughts. It was 'How are we going to beat this team?' "