The Clippers take on the Nuggets in Game 7 in a winner-take-all contest to determine who will advance to meet the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

Game Information

Where: Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida

When: 6:00 PM PT

How to Watch: ESPN, Watch ESPN

Projected Starting Lineups

Nuggets: Jamal Murray – Gary Harris – Jerami Grant – Paul Millsap – Nikola Jokic

Clippers: Patrick Beverley – Paul George – Kawhi Leonard – Marcus Morris – Ivica Zubac

Injuries

Nuggets: Will Barton Out, Vlatko Cancar Out

Clippers: None

The Big Picture

The Clippers are right where no team wants to be – facing elimination. Sure, they’re also a game away from advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, but being 48 minutes away from elimination in the second round is not ideal for a team that has championship aspirations. The Clippers roared out ahead in the first half in both Games 5 and 6, only to sputter in the second half, coughing away fairly large leads in tragic fashion. In Game 6 in particular, the Clips looked utterly shell-shocked down the stretch, with no idea for how to stop the Nuggets or any methods for generating easy offense. This was, of course, very dispiriting for Clippers’ fans, who have seen this movie before.

All that said, the Clippers did play well enough in both games to get those leads in the first place, and were able to win Games 1 and 4 fairly handily. They have the talent and players to beat the Nuggets. They just need to keep execution high, and make the right rotation moves and strategies to help on the margins. While the Nuggets are good, and fight hard, there’s no reason for the Clippers to lose to them in a seven-game series based on talent and overall ability. If they do fall, it will be the most disappointing end to a Clippers season of all time. Not great, Bob.

The Antagonist

The Nuggets, meanwhile, are riding high. They are playing with house money at this point. Virtually nobody gave them a chance to even push this series to seven games, much less win, and they were written off entirely by most people after Game 4. They are having fun, playing loose, and just generally look like they’re having a great time. This is in stark contrast to the mostly glum Clippers, who look stoic even when they’re up and playing well.

The Nuggets have been powered by the superstar play of Nikola Jokic, who has been the best overall player in this series. The Clippers simply haven’t found a way to consistently slow down the big Serbian, and if he has another monster game tomorrow, even the Clippers’ best efforts might not be enough to win against the Nuggets (which is why you avoid a Game 7 at all). On defense, the Nuggets have clamped the Clippers up in the second half of both Games 5 and 6, and while there are certainly adjustments to make, the Nuggets’ ability to get stops consistently is surprising considering their porous defense for much of the season. Overall, they’re simply playing with more energy and fight than the Clippers, and it has shown.

Notes

Kawhi Takeover: While Kawhi Leonard has been spectacular at some points this series, he’s also been quieter than expected on a couple nights. Notably, in Game 2 he was extremely cold, and in Game 6, he was good but not great on a night when the Clippers needed him to dominate. Unsurprisingly, both of those games were losses for the Clippers. The good news is that after struggling with his outside shot in the first three games (2-11), Kawhi has caught fire (10-21) over the last three. If his three-pointer is falling and some of those midrange jumpers that missed in Game 6 drop as well, he could have a monster night in Game 7. The Nuggets have defended Kawhi well, but Game 7 is when superstars come to play, and the Clippers will need every bit of that tomorrow.

More from Morris: After a scorching hot Game 1, Marcus Morris has been fairly quiet in this series. He’s been efficient enough scoring the basketball, but the impact hasn’t really been there in terms of raw production, and his defense has not been noticeable. In the five games since Game 1, his averages are: 10.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in around 31 minutes per game. Morris hasn’t been as blatantly bad offensively as Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell, or as bad defensively as Lou Williams and Harrell, but he simply hasn’t made much an impression either way. That’s simply not good enough for the Clippers’ major trade deadline acquisition, and hopefully he shows up with more force in Game 7.

Pat Beverley Avoiding Foul Trouble: Vijay already discussed this in his article a few hours ago, but one of the biggest reasons for the Clippers’ collapse in Game 6 was the absence of Pat Beverley down the stretch due to his fouling out. Pat hasn’t even been that good in this series, but his defense and rebounding make him a much better option than the Clippers’ other guards, and they missed him greatly in the 4th quarter. He needs to be able to play at least 25 minutes in Game 7 (probably closer to 30), and that means keeping out of foul trouble.

Going Small with JaMychal Green: The Clippers briefly went small down the stretch in Game 6, with JaMychal Green at center, but the lineup didn’t do very well. Still, that sample size is not very representative, considering the Nuggets already had all the momentum and the Clippers were greatly struggling. If Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell struggle again, Doc could turn to Green at center for a greater amount of time in Game 7.

That’s about all I have for Game 7. This has a good argument for being the most important game in Clippers history. With all luck, the team shows up for it, and the Clippers can advance past the Nuggets in Game 7 to take on the Lakers in their first ever Western Conference Finals.

257 Comments

  • Avatar sjake says:

    Let’s go Clippers!

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Play Zu. Play JaMychal at 5 more! Throw Patterson or Noah in the mix IF NEEDED instead of Trez. They can give us quality 5-10 minutes. You’ll get better defense from either, plus much better shooting/spacing from Patterson, or much better passing from Noah.

    DON’T PLAY TREZ!! NO MORE FUCKIN TREZ!!!! NO MORE!!!

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    So am I gonna be commenting on adjustments Doc needs to make in prepping for the Lakers, or potential new head coaching candidates at this time tomorrow night? I really, really, really hope it’s the former.

    • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

      Honestly,… IF Doc keeps refusing to learn from past mistakes and using Lou & Trez, we have no chance to beat Lakers in the Playoffs no matter how great Kawhi or George play.

      …and this coach actually hasn’t learned anything and refused to adjust.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    33 NBA teams have failed to close out 3-1 leads and ended up in a game 7.

    The good news is that 21 of those 33 have gone on to win game 7. So odds still favor the Clippers just based on those probabilities, though not certainly not overwhelmingly.

    The bad news is the last 4 have all gone to the comeback team, and the team that blew the 3-1 lead hasn’t won since 2013. So maybe modern NBA is more momentum driven that in the past.

    Anyway, I still don’t think I can bring myself to watch this game. But we’ll see how strong my willpower is tonight.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Another interests tidbit.

    Each of the Denver wins this series has seen 1 quarter where Denver blew the game open and outscored the Clippers by >12 points. In the 3 Clippers wins the maximum advantage in any quarter for Denver was 7 points. So far it’s really been about avoiding extended lapses in a quarter both sides of the ball. If Clippers lose control of any given quarter in this game (ie. Denver outscores by 12 or more) that would be a very bad sign.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Also in each Denver win they scored 110 points or more Which averages out to about 28 points a quarter.

      Largest scoring quarter for Denver in any of the Clipper wins was 32.

      Conversely in each of the Denver wins that had a quarter where they scored at least 34 points.

      Denver’s offense really seems to feed off of their defense as well so again it would be a warning sign if the Clippers give up a big scoring quarter to Denver (>=30). And a likely death blow If we give up 34 or more in any quarter.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Weird stat. Aside from Game 1 Clipper blowout due to rests advantage, in every other game the team that has LOST the 2nd quarter has WON the game. Probably just random coincidence but something to look out for.

    • Avatar toiago toiago says:

      Well, it’s not unreasonable. I suppose it has to do with momentum and urgency coming out of half-time. If you’re behind, you have to bust your ass to overcome the deficit and win the game, which will probably be carried until the end of the game, and vice versa.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    I want them to win but I think Nuggets are better on both ends, especially on the defnesive end. Because we have no offensive system and Lou & Trez ruin any defensive schemes. Just play “it’s my turn” offense all night long and defensively, Lou & Trez simply can’t provide anything.

    Lakers fans are probably rooting for us because those fans know Lakers can annihilate Lou & Trez whenever they’re on the floor.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Doc…. please throw Noah in.

    He’s not a DPOY level guy anymore but IT WON’T BE A TON WORSE THAN HAVING TREZ OUT THERE. He would get some rebounds which Trezz doesn’t even fight for. He can rotate, contest shots, help & recover. He can pass and really set a hard screen, while Trez stays dunker spot all night long without purpose and doesn’t do anything.

    Shut down Trez and play Zu & JaMychal more! If needed, play Patterson or Noah. It won’t hurt us. At least way better than Trez.

  • Avatar ksihoo says:

    This is the first real test this team is facing. This is the first real must-win game. The stakes are extremely high, as this is not only to avoid the elimination of the team crowned already champions by many at the beginning of the season. The lost would also mean the whole process been a total failure (load managing, being super cautious with injured players like Bev, blind bielief in Trez and the whole depth of the roster, lacking focus and intensity against lesser opponnets, blowing up big leads, etc.). Tonight this team can pay the price for their season-long sins. Tonight all these is on the line for the FO, Doc and his staff and the players. Tonight we see what this team is made of. If they win, they can get extra boost and confidence moving forward. If they fail, the long and cruel winter is coming for this whole franchise.

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    I’ll be very surprised if the Clippers win tonight. Of course, I’ll still cheer for them. But my expectations are going to be kept super low since Doc refuses to change the lineup to best suit the need (basically, benching Trez for Noah) and to call a TO before the game gets out of hand (he should call one when the Nuggets are leading by 7 and they have the momentum instead of calling one when the Nuggets have 12 and the momentum).

    If they lose tonight, Doc HAS TO BE FIRED. No exceptions. If they decide to keep him, then I may just be done with this team for good because what sane person/team keeps a guy that previously blew a 3-1 lead with the same team. No one. That’s who. Lack of team chemistry, my butt. If Doc was a good coach like he and sports media say that he is, then he’d figure out how to win this series and not let luck or good mojo do it for him.

    Regardless of what I’ve said, go Clippers! This is do-or-die time. Your jobs are on the line.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Exactly. So many other coaches in the NBA would just annihilate the competition if you blessed them with this much talent. But not Doc. Never had a coach done so little with so much.

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Win Game 7s what Kawhi was born to do, right?! So let’s do the effing thing. Go Clips!

  • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

    C’mon Clippers! Play with pace! Get into whatever semblance of a playbook of offensive sets in the second half faster instead of walking the ball up the court! Run the sets more and get the off-ball guys (Shamet/Lou) into a much better rhythm instead of iso-bully ball that freezes everyone else out to ball watch on offense!

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      They should attacking Jokic out of the P&R. Make him play some D in space and tired him out and maybe get him in foul trouble. Malone and Denver are exploiting our weaknesses and aggressively hunting out our bad defenders and meanwhile we just give Jokic a free pass on defensive side the entire series so he can stay fresh to torch us on offense. Doc’s gameplanning is really baffling.

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    Here’s my optimistic take. IMO, this team’s ceiling is winning one championship and maybe making a second finals appearance. This isn’t the GS warriors or the SA Spurs from the past 10 years. It’s a very talented team with sub-optimal fit and a playoff challenged coach. If we win tonight, it may end up being the moment this team turns it around and sprint the remainder of the way for our first ring (or finals appearance according to 538).

    If we lose tonight, it may end up being the catalyst for making big moves this summer to do what’s necessary in fixing the roster. Maybe it’s moving PG for a real pg. Maybe it’s signing Trez to an $15-$18M deal (his value has likely decreased in this post season) only to boost him up and trade him for assets in a couple months. I don’t know! But The FO is too smart to not be able to fix this. It wasn’t their fault that we ended up here in the first place. Their hand was forced. All of their moves that they had made by choice in the past couple of years have been precise and perfect. A loss tonight is all they need to make the necessary moves to reconfigure and continue to build around the core of Leonard, Zu, Beverley, and Sham (and hopefully JMG). That core is only one or two pieces away from being special. Maybe we land Gallo this summer on the cheap (he said he would take a discount to play for a contender). Maybe we pull the trigger on a PG trade and go after embiid (I’m just spitballing at this point; I don’t even want embiid, but philly may be desperate at this point and PG and Simmons would be incredible together; who else could they pair with simmons at this point to salvage the process?).

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Doc has been making excuses all season. It’s true that he’s rarely been able to field a full squad (PG’s shoulders, Kawhi’s load management, injuries, and recently Trez being so late to the bubble and bonehead Lou craving wings). When the season began, I viewed this as a test of Doc. Could he succeed, having been handed this unusual wealth of talent? He’s failing that test in this series. No more excuses.

  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau says:

    Let’s go LAC!
    Clips in 7.

  • Avatar Oodypkt says:

    Believe and never give up.
    We get this.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Some interesting stats:

    Since 1988 when betting odds are available, in 459 playoff series the series underdog has won 22% of the time.

    If we restrict that to only heavy underdog at 9 to 1 or worse odds at series start (Nuggets were 9 to 1 underdogs to start this series) only 0.7% have gone on to win the series (3 historical instances). The most recent was 2012 Sixers over Bulls.

    So if Doc and Clips choke this one away they will be in rare territory (<1%) in terms of magnitude of playoff upset.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      And that Sixers over Bulls upset was due to Derrick Rose tearing his ACL in game 1. So really only 2 upsets of this magnitude that aren’t explained by key player injuries. 2007 GSW over Mavs, and 1994 Nuggets over SuperSonics.

      The 1994 example interestingly features the Nuggets (of all teams ugh!) knocking out the consensus Championship favorite (sound familiar?) SuperSonics. That one was the biggest upset of all time as the series odds were 14-1 at the start of the series against the Nuggets.

      • Avatar wwshep says:

        A little more detail on how that series transpired (game 5 was equivalent of game 7 back then as early rounds were 5 game series)…

        “Seattle blew out the Nuggets by 24 points in Game 1 and won by 10 in Game 2. The Nuggets held serve in Denver, winning by 17 in Game 3 and won Game 4 in overtime, setting the stage for a decisive Game 5 in Seattle.

        Seattle was a 12-point favorite in Game 5, which featured eight ties and 13 lead changes. The Sonics lead by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but reserves Robert Pack and Brian Williams brought the Nuggets back and led by eight with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

        A put-back with 0.5 seconds left by Sonics wing Kendall Gill sent the game into overtime. Denver scored the final five points of overtime and took the lead for good with 1:26 after LaPhonso Ellis’ 3-point play.

        Dikembe Mutombo, who had eight blocks in both Games 4 and 5 and set an NBA record with 31 blocks in a best-of-five series, blocked two Seattle shots in the final 80 seconds to secure the win for Denver.“

        • Avatar wwshep says:

          I REALLY hate this part…

          “The Sonics lead by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but reserves Robert Pack and Brian Williams brought the Nuggets back and led by eight with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter”

          Too soon! 🙁

  • weekend weekend says:

    This is the year… Bucks have already crashed out, Warriors and Nets’ injuries, no Laker fans in Staples for our “home” playoff games in the next round…The time is now! We may have already blown it by not putting Denver away in game 5 (or 6!), thus the Lakers are currently resting and healing… But THIS IS IT! Do or die! Show us what you’re made of, Clips!

  • Avatar Tom Le says:

    I’m so nervous it’s going to be hard to watch. Do I watch or be a little B and check the score at the end? I’ll have to admit that last game got me shook. I’ve never yelled such a loud expletive (at the end of game 6) in my life. My wife was downstairs and was like uh you ok?!? I think I scared my neighbors that were taking their dog for a walk. Felt bad actually lol.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    …..no more Trez or Lou. Tired of those “offensive players” who can’t score against elite teams and don’t even try to play defense. Fuck.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    So, I know I have a well deserved reputation for being overly negative 🙂 …

    After the rough weekend and the emotional toll of those 2 brutal blown leads and failed opportunities to advance too say that I was seeing the glass as half empty would be an understatement. But, I really had to force myself to come to grips with the fact the season could be ending tonight, and I am so not ready to be done with Clipper basketball and will feel so incredible gypped to not get to see the Freeway Series in the WCF. Win or lose that WCF match up would have been a highlight of my 30 year tenure as a Clipper fan.

    However, if it comes to an end I still think we can’t lose sight of how fortunate we are that we still have Kawhi and PG for at least 1 more year. Yeah it probably won’t result in a chip but at least we will have one more season of relevance. Who knows what the future will bring after that, but because watching a competitive and talented Clipper team is one of little joys in life, and I intend to relish it for the 2021 season to the fullest extent possible rather than wallow in all the media narratives about “pressure to win” and Kawhi and PG potentially bolting for greener pastures at the end of the 2021 season.

    We just have to hope and pray that they decide to commit to this franchise for the long term, and whether we win a chip or not I just want to see a competitive Clipper team with great players like Kawhi and PG for years to come. But if the worst case scenario does materialize and Kawhi and PG deem it a failed experiment and walk at the end of next season leaving us with a wasteland and no draft picks for the next decade, well then I’ll still be stuck being a Clipper fan even though it won’t be very much fun.

    So, I guess my point is just to enjoy this while it lasts, and not worry about things outside our control as fans. Now, that said, I still think I need to wuss out and DVR this game to watch after the fact, because I just don’t have the courage to face the stress and nerves of watching the game unfold in real time. The last 2 games wrecked me to the point where I was not sleeping well at night, so just need to take a break. If I check the score after and we didn’t move on then I’ll be depressed and down for a while but there’s always next season, and at least I wouldn’t have the massive stress of watching the game.

    Good luck to the Clippers and I hope Kawhi and PG can pull us through and that they actually get some solid support from the role players for a change and that their coach doesn’t actively sabotage them. And good luck to the brave fans out there who are going to tune in for this one, you are much stronger than I am :)…

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    I was the only one who kept saying before the deadline that keeping Trez & Lou would be the biggest mistake………..🤢 I knew their game won’t help the team in the Playoffs.

    let’s go clippers.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Yep you were very right. If we get sent home tonight that defeat will rest heavily on the shoulders of Lemon Pepper Lou for being a dumbass and visiting strip clubs instead of hunkering down to get back into game shape and rhythm, and on Trez for his lazy play. But most of all it will rest with the FO for not being smart enough to trade 1 or both. Although with Lou’s deal and he has said if he got traded he will retire I don’t know that was really an option for him. But certainly no excuse to Trez not being gone. But most of all it will fall on Doc for not making the necessary adjustments to his rotations and for not running any semblance of an offensive system (leading to the deadly stagnant offense lulls that have killed us).

      But, Doc and his decisions unfortunately are outside our control as are the FO moves or lack thereof. Doesn’t mean we can’t complain about them and clamor for changes. But, if this season is a failure with exit tonight, then I’m still going to try and enjoy next season to the fullest because that might be our last year with Clippers in contention for decades to come, so we better just enjoy it to the fullest.

      • Avatar John Maclean says:

        Remember what an awful GM Doc was with all of those impulsive and grandiose sentimental trades? I think that also trickles into his coaching philosophy to where he gives guys certain minutes or extends them a permissive leash off court because he has a soft spot for them. It’s no coincidence that the two guys who ended up missing the most time early on in the bubble are struggling. There’s more to coaching than X’s and Os. All of these “it’s a miss/make league” and “it is was it is” and “we just gotta be us” platitudes are also indicative of a whimsical almost mystical approach to everything. Not anchored in a lot of logic or reason. Having said that Doc is a smart person so hopefully he’s learned something and we can get a win tonight.

  • Avatar kylethepile says:

    Feeling sanguine for this evening. I really hope the result doesn’t end in my finance saying for the billionth time, “I don’t know why you watch sports if you just get angry.”

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Some random stuff.

    Looking at public sports betting on the Moneyline so far in the series, when the public bets are >= 63% on Clippers to win the Clippers are 0-3. But when the public betting is <=62% on Clippers to win the Clippers are 3-0.

    Tonight's game 60% of public betting is on Clippers to win.

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Wearing my Blake t-shirt, CP socks, Elton jersey, ‘06 playoffs hat and hiding in my room like a scared rabbit until 6pm. Need to exorcise all the ghosts of playoffs past tonight.

  • Avatar dhpat says:

    I’m pretty stoked for tonight’s game! Game 7! I was at that amazing Game 7 win over the Spurs in 2015, when CP3 hobbled to his favorite spot for a midrange jumper over Tim Duncan’s outstretched hand.
    If we do win tonight, it will be an awesome basketball teaching moment; Doc did say that this particular group of players, being healthy and together — not so many games under their belt, less than 20. They are still figuring it out. Of course, not what you want to see in a Game 7 Playoff, but it isn’t rocket science. Basketball, hustle and hopefully, we get a few lucky Kawhi bounces our way.
    Win or lose, we just have to enjoy the process. Colin Cowherd and Joy Taylor said that as fans, we should be grateful for Game 7’s; Two really great teams, awesome basketball. Of course, we want our Clippers to win! Just enjoy the game, friends! Life will go on whether we win or lose. Cheers!

  • Avatar Rogelio Reyes says:

    Good luck to you all! I hope all the players and coaching staff will rise to the occasion. It will be a new beginning, if they win. We all need to put all the negative thoughts away and just enjoy the moment. Have fun, and cheers! Go Clips!

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Teetering back and forth about whether too watch the game or not… I really want to, but not sure if I can handle the emotional intensity and stress of the moment. Just gotta try tell myself it’s just a game and life goes on win or lose I guess… Aaargh! Being a Clipper fan is so brutal. Butterflies in my stomach about this game 🙁

    Maybe I will watch and just use this board as a source of support during the game. Prepare yourselves 🙂

    After all the word “fan” is derived from fanatic.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    This is it. Waited since 1992 for our next BIG step. Last summer gave us hope that we’ll eventually get over the hump.

    Forget my health or my gentle heart that can get shattered… I am a FAN and will stick this one out.

    If I don’t post mid/post game or tomorrow, that means I’m in deep depression.

    Go get that win!!!

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    The NBA could really use a Clippers vs. Lakers WCF. There’s alot of $$$ riding on that, so it would really be nice if for once we got a friendly whistle… I would definitely take any form of help we can get tonight.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    OK. I have psyched myself into watching tonight’s game. Will be active on the board here for moral support throughout 🙂

    And trying to not to get too negative no matter what happens, If it’s meant to be it’s meant to be and just gotta hope Kawhi and PG are patient and willing to stick with this team for the long haul regardless of disappointing playoff outcome this year. I feel like there are roster moves we can use to get better and we need to just let Trez walk unless we can sign him to very attractive contract and then use him as trade bait. And while I’ve had it with Doc we just gotta make sure whatever we do in that regard is what Kawhi wants. Gotta keep him happy and make sure he sticks around because we’ll always be competitive him on our team

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Coaching staff wearing the salmon polos tonight. Clippers undefeated in the bubble with the salmon polos. I’m sure they knew this when they picked them. Funny how everyone one is superstitious.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Game starts at 3am here in Germany. Too nervous to sleep. So I am staying up to watch it live.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Looks like the Clips are finally starting to make Jokic work on defense. Putting him in pick & roles, attacking him etc

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Oh no it’s Trez in vs Jokic… 🙁

  • Avatar sjake says:

    So far, ticky tac foul on Zubaca and bad call on the “over the cylinder” call on PG. Hopefully law of averages catches up and we get some call our way. Also, please, please hit your 3’s Clips.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Legendary Shamet sprained ankle 3.

  • Avatar sjake says:

    All things considered. Good quarter.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    First quarter went okay even with Trez. Go Clips.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    There you go Trez. With intent!

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Lou-Trez magic is working. What the heck, this is great.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Please keep playing like this Clips and all is forgiven!

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Looking good so far. We just have to retain the Joker!

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    I dunno about double teaming Grant to leave Murray open from 3.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    Sweet. Keep attacking the paint when Jokic is at the top.

  • Avatar sjake says:

    Keep your cool Clips.Just do it to them on the other side.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    You can’t touch Jokic? He was bumping into our guys? The foul on PG, Jokic had his knee on his thigh.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    The PG and Zu foul trouble is concerning

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    We really need to be careful not to get Murray going.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Kawhi forcing some shots and Murray is the only guy we cant let open

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    PG13 foul trouble really hurt us bad

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    I HATE Jokic. Such a garbage-ass player. Getting away with all of these flops, kick pushoffs, etc. left and right. And the refs see nothing wrong with that. Smdh.

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    God, why can’t this game be over already?! Lol. C’mon Clippers.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Kawhi was facilitating well. Looking for him to go full Terminator in the second half. Need to contain Murray and go all out on D.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    we we’re rolling until PG got into foul trouble.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    It’s happening again. Please Clips DON’T DO THIS!

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Here we go again..

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    Welp. Nuggets are coming out swinging. Game over.

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    Seriously, though. Drive inside to make layups!! That’s how you’re going to win this game.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Kawhi is ice cold 🙁

  • Avatar Labis says:

    PG not putting his hands up.. Why???

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    That’s it season over 🙁

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    No focus and intensity. We just gave up. I don’t understand it.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Still in it. Long way to go. Keep the faith.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    We need to get a run or two going.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Doc’s lineup decisions are mind boggling… Whatever man. 🙁

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    Can we stop the double teams? Just play guys who could defend! That’s our strength. Take out Lou and Trez and just play LEonard, PG, Bev, Morris, Zu and JMG. 6 guys! 14 minutes! That’s all I ask!

  • Avatar toiago toiago says:

    It’s funny that Jokic gets a lot of calls via flopping, but he seldom is called for fouls when he clearly makes contact with other guys.

  • Avatar kylethepile says:

    Can still grind it out, gotta nut up on D and get some runs

  • Avatar sjake says:

    OH Boy. Down by 8 to start the 4th. Season on the line.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Hopefully Jokic gets out of rhythm because of the fouls.

    We need stops and allout effort for 12 fucking minutes

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    This is so depressing… Looked so good until the last few minutes of the 2nd quarter and since then we’ve been awful. Malone is outcoaching Doc so severely.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    What a way to go out 🙁

  • Avatar Edward Alfonso says:

    PG and Kawhi are under 40% for the game they need to step up or it’s over.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Losing the minutes Jokic is on the bench is unacceptable 🙁

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    we just aren’t that good… extremely overrated team 🙁

  • weekend weekend says:

    i hate basketball

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    The wheels are coming off the bus. I can’t bear to watch this.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    What is going on with Kawhi?

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    The are the better team, by a mile.

  • Avatar toiago toiago says:

    Something’s off with this team. They just seem so uninterested.

    • Avatar toiago toiago says:

      Missing bunnies, slow on defense, stagnant offense, no urgency at all. The message from the coaching staff is not passing through to the players, at all. Now, if’ts Doc’s or the players’ fault is up to debate.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Lou you fucking suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Lou looking like he has not touched a ball in months.

    What a wasted season when PG/Kawhi essentially have two year deals and we mortgaged our future

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Doc is such a terrible coach. He just has no idea what to do.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Trade Lou, let Trez go. We need shooting, more playmaking and less ballhogs

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Whatever. This is just such a sorry ass display all around. Every Clipper and the entire coaching staff. Just an embarassment.

  • Avatar toiago toiago says:

    Well, the Clippers seem headed to an off-seson of soul-searching and reflection.

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    Worst. Year. Ever.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Look at them during timeouts. No energy, no togetherness.

    They have not jelled all year. Why now???

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Kawhi. So out of character. Can’t make a basket. Team playing tight.

  • Avatar sjake says:

    I’ll I want to see is that they keep fighting (not literally).

  • Avatar sjake says:

    Fucking PG. You have have have to hit that 3.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    This is why you can’t let a game 7 happen.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Shooting 36% and 28% from 3… Awful,

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    Goodbye guys. See you next season. Hopefully without Doc as our coach.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    PG is a fucking disgrace. Turnovers, bricking shots, defensive collapses. I bet Kawhi already hates playing with him

  • Avatar Clipperfernald says:

    Three horrendous second half’s in a row! Unfucking believable

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    I wonder who the next coach will be

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Doc just cannot keep his job after this. Just CANNOT!

  • Avatar Clipperfernald says:

    Jokic and Murray those are ballers!! Not sure what Kawhi and PG are. Something close to scum

    • Avatar Clipperfernald says:

      And I thought they would come to play tonight! Boy they fooled me! Just an absolute embarrassment

    • Avatar toiago toiago says:

      Jokic have and Murray have been great, sure, but I wouldn’t call Kawhi scum. PG I get, he’s just been so inconsistent and borderline mediocre after the restart, but Kwahi has been carrying the team almost single handedly until this point. It’s fair foi wonder if they’d even have come this far without him.

  • Avatar sjake says:

    Well….see you guys next year.

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Biggest joke I have seen since being a Clippers fan. Reminiscing about those teams which actually gave a fuck

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    What a total fucking disgrace. I’m really not sure at this point I even want to be a Clipper fan anymore. Disgusting and embarrassing display by this team… we are the laughing stock of the NBA. Sad. 🙁

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    Last year we had a scrappy, undertalented team that took the Warriors to 6. This year we got a bunch of dudes who bought into their own media-generated hype and who stop playing after halftime. Nuggets are gonna lose to the Lakers in 5. Fucking 2020.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Poor Ballmer. Dude has to be devastated. Spending all the money on the new stadium and his team is a bad joke.

  • Avatar Ceaser McAlmond says:

    Thanks for all the content guys. 3 games in a row. Someone’s head needs to roll. 10-37 from Claw/PG3. Just another off night.

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    This is epic! These are my Clippers!

  • Josh Josh says:

    I got better things to do now then watch clippers blow 3-1

  • Avatar Labis says:

    Wonder what Jerry West is up too. Hopefully trading PG, Lou and getting rid of Trez

  • Avatar toiago toiago says:

    Well guys, this has been a (not so) fun ride.

    The Clippers have a lot of thinking to do this offseason, especially regarding Doc and the roster around the edges. I look forward to reading the next articles on the next season.

    Cheers!

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Well guys I would say it’s been fun but after tonight I think this wipes out any possible good vibes from anything that happened this season.

    Clipper fans continue to be punished and Laker fans continue to bask in glory. So unfair, but the basketball gods must hate us for some reason.

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    Steve Ballmer better leave Doc in Orlando along with the rest of his coaching staff.

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    The funniest part about tonight is that I don’t even blame Doc for this game. He ain’t out there bricking wide open 3’s. I do blame him for the series though. Coach’s job is to motivate your guys and make sure they play hard – 3 straight games w/ double digit leads in the 2nd half, and 3 straight losses. I love Doc the person, but Doc the coach needs to be fired.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    At least that game wasn’t at Staples so that the fans had to see it live. I’m sure there would have been alot of booing…

    Welp I thought I would be sad but instead I’m angry and disgusted.

    If Doc is still coaching this team next year I’m not sure it’s worth even following them.

  • Avatar ajk777 says:

    Time for us to hire Kenny Atkinson. The only good coach out there.

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    I find more comfort in this loss that I would if we won in 5. This is my team! This team is so broken! This is all I know!!

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    Don’t worry everybody! This loss is so necessary. This team had such low potential. Now they can do what’s necessary to build a team that’s actually ready to win.

  • Avatar Clipperfernald says:

    It hurts so much worse knowing we completely blew it. I could live with myself knowing we put up a valiant fight but just came up short, instead of the epic collapse we all just witnessed. Such agony

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Yep even Utah took them to a last second shot.

      We probably would have lost to Utah as well, and really if Porzingis doesn’t get hurt we’d have probably got bounced in round 1.

      With the talent on the roster and the regular season performance it’s crystal clear that these playoff implosions are the result of a shitty coach. Might be the worst playoff coach in the NBA.

      Ballmer better fix that shit pronto!

      Doc has got to go!

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    I’m glad Nuggets won, seriously.
    Clippers don’t have any offensive systems. They were supposed to be an elite defensive team but they will never be. People said this team has versatility, but NO. Because there are Trez and Lou. As long as they have those defense-less players, they will never reach WCF. Of course, no chance to beat Lakers.

    On the other hand, Nuggets have a bunch of huge bodies who has length, play defense. They have reliable facilitators. They can play on both ends. They were much better team.

  • Avatar Mario Molina says:

    Fire Doc Rivers. Such a horrible series. Clippers fans deserve better than this but I guess this is what we should be used to by now. Being up 3-1 in the second round means nothing when you’re the Clippers. So many texts from all my Lakers friends laughing at me. It’s tough being a Clippers fan.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    Doc: bad coach. Klaw: dunno what happened. PG: not clutch. The rest: mismanaged. Denver is a real team. Doc never built a team. Just a collection of good players who never meshed. Wait ’til next year. So long.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    There better be some significant changes next year starting with head coach and getting rid of the 1-dimensional players that don’t play defense (Lou and Trez)… 6MOY my ass!

    Unless Jerry West et. al. can right the ship with a major shake up I might be taking a pass on following this team for the 2021 season.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      I’m actually mad at myself that I wasted all that precious emotional energy on a bunch of fuck ups.

      • Avatar ajk777 says:

        Jerry West should also be blamed for this loss. HE went out of his way to go get PG13 after Kawhi asked West and the FO to go get him.

        Thanks for screwing it all up, Jerry.

        The only one on this team that did nothing wrong was Ballmer. I feel bad that he has to deal with incompetent fools.

  • Avatar Alan Ng says:

    On the bright side, expectations won’t be too high next year.

    Analysts will put us as a 2nd tier team, underdogs. Which is exactly where I’d prefer. The spotlight was just too big on some of these players.

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