When it comes to big playoff games, Clippers fans are all too familiar with the worst kind of pain: a blown lead. Last night, LA were once again caught reeling in a game that would have sent them to their first-ever Western Conference Finals, blowing a big lead and losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Denver Nuggets. Their largest lead in the game was 16 points, 56-40 near the end of the 2nd, but they also led by 13, 80-67, with 1:25 left in the third quarter. By 5:48 to play, Denver had taken a 6-point lead at 94-88–a 19-point swing resulting from a 27-8 run that spanned nearly 8 minutes of game time.

Through the grief, Clippers fans are also asking: why does this always happen to us? The team, of course, infamously blew some notable playoff leads during the Lob City era: a 13-point lead with 4 minutes left in game 5 of their 2014 2nd round series vs OKC and a 19-point second half lead against the Houston Rockets in game 6 of that 2015 2nd round series. But they also seem to be particularly prone to letting double-digit advantages slip away in this postseason. Let’s take a look at each game so far:

  • DAL G1: Clips take an early 16-point lead, but fall behind by as much as 14–a 30-point swing–before going on to win.
  • DAL G2: Clips lose wire-to-wire.
  • DAL G3: The Clippers separate by as much as 18 points in the fourth and hold off a late Mavs run that cuts the final deficit to 8.
  • DAL G4: LAC leads by as much as 21 in the first half before blowing the lead and falling behind by as much as 12. They came back to force OT, losing at the buzzer.
  • DAL G5: Clips separate early and the game never gets within double digits for the last three quarters.
  • DAL G6: Clippers separate in the third quarter, going up by as much as 23 halfway through the third and holding on to win despite the Mavs cutting the lead to just 6 at the 9:00 mark in the fourth quarter.
  • DEN G1: LAC pulls away in the 2nd and the fatigued Nuggets have no energy for a comeback.
  • DEN G2: The Nuggets get their lead to 20 in 2nd quarter and again in the 3rd, and while LAC cuts the lead to 5 in the 4th they ultimately lose.
  • DEN G3: Denver builds a couple smaller leads–12 points in the second quarter, 10 in the 3rd, 7 in the 4th–before LAC wins it late.
  • DEN G4: The Clippers jump out to a big early lead, and despite the Nuggets tying the game in the third, LA goes on a run to build an even bigger 19-point lead and win the game.
  • DEN G5: As mentioned above, LAC’s 13-point second half lead is undone by a 27-8 run in the late 3rd and early 4th quarters.

Can we learn anything from looking at it that way? The first takeaway might be that most first-half leads evaporate at some point over the course of a game. Basketball is a game of runs, and every team in the playoffs is both a good team and playing hard, so you always have to assume your opponent has a punch left to throw. This isn’t the regular season, where you play a lot of teams that are bad and/or willing to pack it in when they go down double digits.

The Clippers just happen to normally be the team that’s ahead this postseason, because, well, they’re better than the two teams they’ve played so far. So the 10-point first quarter leads that dissipate as a hot shooting start regresses to the mean are probably a little more likely to happen to the Clips.

But in the games they’ve gone down, they’ve benefitted from blown leads too. While they blew a 21-point first-half lead in game 4 against the Mavericks, they also came back from down 12 in the second half to force OT. In games 2 and 3 against the Nuggets, the Clippers were thoroughly outplayed, but they almost stole game 2 by cutting Denver’s 20-point lead to 5 and did steal game 3 when facing a smaller deficit.

In part, this whole saga is a bit of the famous fan complaint that “someone random from the opposing bench always kills US.” Most NBA teams play 5 bench guys on a given night, and given the nature of averages, you’re gonna have a couple guys who aren’t household names scoring above their averages most nights. It doesn’t really afflict any one team more than another, and in the situations where it does, the cause isn’t bad luck–it’s a systemic flaw with the team, like poor depth and/or weak defenders at a certain position.

I don’t have the dataset nor the data analysis skills to prove it, but I suspect that a huge part of the frustration that comes from blowing double-digit leads is universal–Clippers fans just don’t watch the other 29 teams nightly to see how normal it is. Just anecdotally, in Friday’s other game, the Boston Celtics saw a 12-point first quarter lead turn into a 7-point second quarter deficit, and then led 88-78 before a Raptors flurry made the score 89-87. Basketball is a game of runs.

But while conceding runs and blowing leads from time to time is inevitable and unavoidable, there are definitely ways that teams can find themselves more or less likely to have stretches where they struggle. The right combination of personnel decisions and rotation strategies and mitigate the risk of letting up big runs, like Doc Rivers’ choice to keep either Paul George or Kawhi Leonard on the floor with the second unit at all times during the playoffs. As much as LA’s 2nd unit has struggled through 11 playoff games, I have little doubt that Doc’s decision to stagger his stars has helped mitigate those struggles.

Similarly, the choice (for much of the playoffs) to play 4-bench lineups around one of those stars exacerbated issues. For example, the bench quartet of Reggie Jackson, Lou Williams, JaMychal Green, and Montrezl Harrell have lost their 46 playoff minutes by 10 points despite almost always having one of George or Leonard on the floor. Even more egregious, the four-man unit of Jackson, Williams, Landry Shamet, and Harrell have lost their 10 playoff minutes together by 23 points.

But these lineups don’t play very much. Ten minutes over 11 games is essentially a meaningless sample size–even 46 minutes is hard to take a ton of stock in, though in this case it backs up common sense and the eye test.

The systemic concession of runs comes when the right combination of match-ups occur against high-usage weak lineups. Take, for example, the Lou Williams – Montrezl Harrell pairing. The league’s most iconic bench duo, Williams and Harrell carried the Clippers’ regular-season offense, allowing them to finish in the 2-seed despite extended absences and rest for both of their stars. But in the playoffs, they’re getting picked apart: the pace is slower, they get fewer minutes and touches, the opposing defenses are better and playing harder, and the opposing offenses are better and more precisely targeting them.

In 155 minutes together this post-season, the Clippers have a -11.2 net rating. That’s a substantial number of minutes: on average, nearly one-third of each playoff game has seen those two share the floor, and the Clippers have lost big in those minutes. If you like raw data, the team has lost those 155 minutes by 41 points. The numbers are consistent between LA’s two series, with the two posting a -11.5 net rating in 85 minutes together in this series alone.

So, the Clippers have a Williams/Harrell problem. It makes sense, both for the reasons I outlined above about how their roles and the playoff environment change the game, but also just based on eye test: Lou is struggling with his shot, making just 22% from deep in this playoff run, and Trez is struggling with everything, with the data showing him consistently making a significant negative impact on the team’s offense, defense, and rebounding. But even with that problem being a constant, the Nuggets can do different things to exacerbate it–or fail to take advantage.

For example, one of the reasons the Clippers haven’t been totally forced to adjust is Torrey Craig. A solid but unspectacular defender and non-factor offensively, Craig allows the Clippers to hide Williams defensively. Remember how the Clippers have a -11.5 net rating in Lou/Trez minutes this series? Their net rating is +17 when Torrey Craig is on the floor and -28.2 when he’s off. I think the Clippers need to find more minutes for Lou Williams than Mike Malone will play Craig, but if I were Doc Rivers, I’d make sure that Lou was in the game every second that Torrey is, in addition to other time.

It’s also a matter of who is going to exploit the glaring weakness that is Montrezl Harrell’s defense. When Denver’s backup center, Mason Plumlee, is in the game, the Clippers are fine–in fact, even against lineups featuring both Williams and Harrell, Denver lineups featuring Plumlee have mustered an offensive rating of just 89.6 (to be fair to Mason, most of those minutes include Craig’s presence for the Nuggets).

Nikola Jokic is Denver’s best player and best passer, the focal point of their offense and their best creator. He’s the guy who makes everything happen, and it shows: the Nuggets have a 107.7 ORTG with Jokic on the floor in this series and a 87.7 ORTG with him off of it. To put it bluntly, the Clippers don’t need to worry a lot about their defensive lineups for the 8 or so non-Jokic minutes, because the Nuggets aren’t going to score a lot of points in those minutes.

But when Jokic is on, he’ll shred a lineup that throws a poor (and often lazy) defender at him in Harrell, especially if that lineup features another poor defender for Nikola to pick on with his passing. In 28 minutes this series where Lou and Trez have both been on the floor vs Jokic, the Clippers have had a dreadful DRTG of 114.9, conceding 77 points in those 28 minutes and losing them by 18 points.

That’s an absolutely brutal combination of data, reasoning, and eye test that seems sure to produce runs for the Nuggets. Sure enough, when Harrell entered the game for Zubac with 1:24 to play in the third quarter, the Clippers held the aforementioned 13-point lead, 80-67. Jokic was in the game, and more than that, Mike Malone immediately subbed Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. on as well–he saw an opportunity to exploit a poor defensive lineup and cut into LA’s lead. A 13-point lead became 7 in 84 seconds.

Before this series began, NBA analyst Matt Moore said on the Locked on Nuggets podcast that if Denver was down 8-10 points at the start of the fourth quarter against the Clippers, they’d always have a chance to get back into the game because those minutes are where Montrezl Harrell plays, and the team is poor defensively. But Nikola Jokic has to rest eventually, so the Clippers were fine to start the fourth quarter, and despite a flurry of Denver points the 7-point lead at the end of the 3rd had shrunk to just 6 when Jokic returned to close the game with 8:44 to play.

From there, Jokic got to face 2:11 of Lou/Trez, and the Nuggets scored 9 points in that span to take the lead. Even after Williams exited, Harrell continued to sink the Clippers-on both ends.

Jokic hit an easy jumper over Trez, and then Harrell responded with a truly astounding play where he drove 1-on-4, got blocked instead of kicking out to Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, who were open in each corner, and then didn’t get back on defense, leaving his team playing 4-on-5 and conceding a Murray three.

When Doc Rivers took a timeout and took Harrell out of the game, the Clippers’ 13-point lead had turned into a 6-point deficit in just 7:36, with 18 points of that 19-point swing coming in just 4 minutes and 20 seconds where Harrell and Jokic shared the floor in the second half.

A massive run takes a lot of things. It never falls on the shoulders of one guy–basketball is a 5-on-5 game, and everything is interconnected. Part of a run is mentality: the Nuggets had to have a moment where they decided to dig deep and fight back to avoid being eliminated, and the Clippers had to have a moment where they not only let up slightly but became rattled at the prospect of losing the game. Part of a run is luck, too! The Nuggets are a good offensive team, and they played well in the fourth quarter and generated good looks, but they also shot 7/9 from three in the fourth. That’s pretty lucky–and hard to argue against when you see Jamal Murray banking in a contested three.

We can never know when a run is going to happen because of the variance of shot-making in the NBA, but there are moments where we can predict when runs are more likely to happen, and Harrell/Jokic minutes–especially if Lou Williams is also on the court and Torrey Craig isn’t–are about as likely as it gets in this series. Malone recognized the combination for a potential Denver run and brought in an offensive lineup against Lou and Trez. Sometimes runs are unavoidable, but Doc Rivers can mitigate their likelihood by recognizing the same trends Malone is and only playing Williams and Harrell together against lineups that feature Plumlee (especially if Craig is also on the floor).

On Friday, the Clippers blew a 13-point lead by conceding an 18-point swing in just 4 minutes and 20 seconds of flawed personnel against the wrong Denver lineup. For as maligned and tortured as LAC’s fanbase is, the Clippers didn’t blow last night’s lead because they are chronically unlucky, or because they aren’t mentally tough, or because the franchise is cursed. They blew the lead, and lost out on clinching a spot in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, because of a systemic, predictable, and obvious flaw in Doc Rivers’ rotations.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

31 Comments

  • Avatar John Maclean says:

    Excellent analysis as always. Putting aside the baked-in fatalism of being a Clippers fan what’s even more upsetting was seeing everyone playing their butts off and being let down this way. There’s also a mite of anticipatory grief because it’s difficult for me to imagine both Kawhi and PG playing this great again on Sunday along with Zu and many others delivering like they did. While there are runs and momentum during each game there are also the same ebbs and flows to the overall series and Denver has likely seized that momentum right now. They are young and fearless and Lou and Trez have been exposed and we may be in trouble. I’ve said numerous times “Denver scares The hell out of me.” Well here we are.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Yeah, it’s frustrating because it’s really letting down the other guys who play so hard and so well.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Zu had kind of a rough game relative to his recent stellar performance and I think that actually just provided enough impetus for Doc to revert back to his misguided Trez closing out games in the 4th quarter which is why he kept Trez in with Kawhi and PG and nail we were sunk.

      PG played well but went ice cold shooting in the 3rd quarter which really hurt us. Missed some wide open looks that could have stemmed the Denver tide. I wish he was more consistent.

      Kawhi was the one who was truly masterful and HE deserved a close out win. I’d imagine that was pretty frustrating for him, and we really wasted that all out effort on his part.

      It’s really worrisome when a Kawhi performance like that one can’t secure you the win.

    • Avatar Thretch says:

      I agree John – but also … Kawhi and PG don’t have to play “this great again” every game. Their talents should be augmented by better pregame and in-game strategy. They shouldn’t have to be MVPs every night (all-stars, yes). A really good Kawhi and a really good PG along with a game plan (with execution to support it) should be enough.

  • ianbaron ianbaron says:

    Great write up, Lucas… Can’t say it any better than this.

    It’s been a wide concern that Doc doesn’t see what the obvious mistake he’s been making throughout these playoffs. One Clipper fan can only pray to the basketball Gods that Doc will soon adjust his rotations on how not to blow big leads in the playoffs.

    • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

      …you literally said to me that “Don’t underestimate Trez’ energy & hutsle! He can score!”

      You finally understand what I said? Doc shouldn’t play Trez at this point.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    I really hope people who somwhow keep defending Trez read these articles.
    Also this (Montrezl Harrell Needs To Produce More Than Points: https://213hoops.com/montrezl-harrell-needs-to-produce-more-than-points/)

    On the comment section, Lucas Hann keeps showing us interesting stats which tell how horrible Trez is. They’re basically giving up so many points when Trez is on the floor. They’re losing whenever Trez is on the floor. You can’t call those Trez’s horrible plays “energy” or “hutsle” if you’ve actually watched games. He hasn’t provided anything positive on the floor.

    The Playoffs is all about adjustment. If Trez hasn’t gave them good minutes, then Doc shouldn’t play him. Why tf do they have to blow out huge lead and waste games over and over because of Trez? Why tf do they have to make Trez happy instead of trying to win?

    • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

      And don’t get me wrong.
      Trez is a hard worker, loves basketball. He can dominate bench bigs or G-leaguers in the regular season where nobody cares about playing defense. He can dunk. He can run. He can jump.
      But that doesn’t mean Doc should play him huge minutes in the Playoffs where boxing-out, rebounding, help&recovery, rotating, switching, … all these little things matter, every possessions matter.

      Doc should choose players who are built for the Playoffs. I mean, players who can play defense, who can help and support each other. They don’t need a player who is only interested in scoring.

  • Avatar Javi DG says:

    Being a die-hard Clips fan since 2010 and reading you guys since the ol’ times at CNation, yesterday Doc’s stubbornness finally compelled me to post and try to relieve my long-awaiting disillusion. Hell yeah, we are still one win away from facing Bron, AD and RayAllenian Caruso but right now I have more faith in crappy Westbrook and I-can-no-longer-get-buckets-outside-the-FT-line Harden stealing one game from them today than Doc’s rotations winning us the sixth against the ultra-motivated youngsters (sorry but not you, Millsap) of Denver. Not trying to be too sassy on Trez cause all players have liabilities and weakness that a good playoff team can effectively exploit (Doc’s job is to keep these exploits from game efficiency), but man, effort shall not be negotiable. You CAN sometimes be trapped by Malone schemes and concede easy points in isolated plays but you seriously CANT pretend the game stops while you are whining at the refs and not rush back to defense. Take Lou as an example, he is way older and has much more physical handicaps than Trez but the eye test shows he is still trying, even more when he knows he’s not producing well at offense; the 3pointer Lou took later on the 4th quarter is more of a concern, but at the end of the day I think that wasn’t a really bad look, would have sunk it and we would be talking about his confidence and determination and not really care about him ignoring the Kawhi-PG supposed hierarchy.

    Doc’s obsession for playin Trez deserves a paragraph apart. I get Zu’s big body needs to rest, though I believe he’s young enough to play at least 3min more, meaning 3min less of Trez’s defense (especially when a win yesterday would have meant several days off to recover), but what I dont get is the DNP of Pat Pat or even Joakim at spot minutes alas Mann defensive appearances, given our most significant advantage beginning the season was our depth, or, even if I would hardly agree on Doc’s decision of a 9man rotation, neither I get the confidence of pairing Trez with Joker. You know Joker is gonna get his looks and secured some points but man, dont make his life easier with the low-defensive-IQ Trez out there. I really liked what I saw when Malone ran the 2 bigs with Jokic and Plumlee, with JaMyke guarding Jokic and forcing him to closeout on offense and Trez on the lesser-aggresive Plumlee, because that way Trez liability on D wasn’t too much exposed and his help and block timings, which dont think they are as bad as his on-ball defense, could be useful. Dont know why Doc didnt use again this scheme in the fourth quarter Nuggs run but I think it would have helped us, even if Trez should have had to guard either streaky Millsap or questionable-decision-maker Porter Jr. Anyway, I still think we gonna win this series in 7 but with much more sweat and fatigue than the Lakers; just hoping that wont outweigh us against them. Greetings from the beautiful Spain, BTW.

  • Avatar Alan Ng says:

    Watching that video made me squeamish. Makes me wish for the Austin days. At least he stretches the floor and tries to play defense.

    But some people said that this loss could be a blessing in disguise. Not about taking things more seriously when it comes to winning games. But, Trez is a free agent this season and signed with Clutch Sports. He could be Lebron’s problem in the playoffs. But then again, Vogel is less emotional and more intelligent than Doc and, he wouldn’t play Harrell at all. Dwight and Javale barely played the past couple of games.

    • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

      “At least he stretches the floor and tries to play defense.”

      What? Austin is an atrocious defender.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Doc: “Our discipline defensively was far worse than our discipline offensively.”

    …LMAO what tf is he talking about!? “Our” ??? Trez single-handedly hurt their defensive schemes. And it’s not on Trez. He simply doesn’t know how to play defense or team basketball. He’s not built for the Playoffs basketball. It’s on Doc who chose to play him when they needed DEFENSE and has refused to learn from past mistakes. Sticking with Trez too long simply ruined the game and ended up blowing out a huge lead. And we’ve seen this pattern over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    It’s the disrespect for players who’s been playing hard, playing for teammates and playing their roles to win. Doc completely disrespects Kawhi, George, Bev, Morris, JaMychal, Zu or even Shamet. He chose to make Trez happy instead of trying to win a game AGAIN.

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    Great analysis.

    And if it is not a typo, the game tomorrow is at 10:00AM.

    We haven’t fared well in noon games. Don’t know how we’ll be in a morning game.

  • Avatar Robert Dailey says:

    Glad to see someone (Lucas) not afraid to criticize Doc Rivers. This might sound like overly harsh dumping on Rivers in emotional response to a painful playoff loss, but I have believed for years that Rivers is quite overrated as a coach.

    In terms of roster talent, Rivers had an NBA top 2 or 3 roster four straight seasons (2013-2014 through 2016-2017) and under achieved each season. Two losses in the first round, two in the second round. Rivers never exceeded Del Negro. Granted, there were some significant injury problems, but injuries are part of the game, and Rivers has the worst playoff collapse in Clipper history (2015) on his resume, and there were no injuries then.

    Rivers practically made a mockery of this past regular season, virtually treating it as a 70 game exhibition season, focusing exclusively on health and rest while almost completely ignoring the importance of also developing team discipline and chemistry.

    Rivers is the second highest paid coach at $10 million (behind only the legendary Popovich). Why does he routinely receive a pass for his obvious weaknesses as a coach? Is it because his team won a single championship more than 12 years ago? Because he provided stable (though in my opinion over rated) leadership in the wake of the Sterling removal? Because he indeed did a remarkably good job of coaching as an underdog last season?

    I admit the benefit of having Rivers as a coach is that he has the respect of his players and is by all accounts a positive influence on them as young men. I have just always believed his coaching gifts were over rated.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    Doc has single-handedly turned this talented team into a meme team.

    Simple and plain.
    If Doc wants to win a game, win a championship, then just play Patterson or Noah when Zu or JaMychal are not on the floor.
    If Doc just wants to make Trez happy and doesn’t give a shit about winning, then we’ll see Doc play Trez huge minutes again just like he’s been doing entire season.

  • Avatar Dan Dickau says:

    Great write up. You’ve come a long way Lucas from the OG clipsnation.com days. I agree 100%. Doc is really stubborn. This race war media thing is adding to his choice IMHO. Play white Zu or play Black Trez. He is a players coach. Always has been. With that being said, only the worst coach can out coach this team out of a championship. He is not that. Clips in 6.

    • Avatar Based Freestyle says:

      “He is a players coach. Always has been.”

      Couldn’t disagree more. Doc is hyped up by the media as a player’s coach, but if he was actually one, he wouldn’t feel the need to lose playoff games by giving big minutes to Trez and Lou. A true player’s coach would have convinced those guys to accept a smaller role for the sake of the team.

      Or we can go back to Lob City, where the locker room became toxic and drama-filled and Doc did nothing to fix it. In fact, he fractured the team even more by using the Clippers to revive Austin’s career.

      Doc only has this reputation as a player’s coach because the media can’t really praise his adjustments, rotations, or X’s & O’s instead. The truth is that there is nothing Doc does particularly well as a coach. His teams win in spite of him, not because of him.

  • Avatar Jonathan Eng says:

    I rewatched the entire third quarter and first few minutes of the 4th quarter until Jokic came back in. The team was actually playing ok and pretty good defense even with Millsap hitting his shots. Trez was okay for his minutes but once Jokic came back in, for the matchup with Trez, the wheels fell off. Doc’s issue with leaving Trez in for too long was just bad.

  • Avatar 8sp0rts8 says:

    Let’s all keep complaining as Clipper fans about Trez. If we keep it going, maybe Doc will finally listen. He has now reduced Reggie’s minutes to 0 and Zu is playing more min than Trez, which we’ve all been calling for all year. Granted, Reggie’s reduced minutes coincide with Bev playing more as the series progresses, but we can still naively believe and hope our collective voice has an impact, right?

    If not, can we start a petition so that this gets to Ballmer before it’s too late? Ballmer finally took Doc out of the GM/president role. If someone can get to him and show him the numbers/stats of Trez’s negative impact, maybe we he will force Doc’s hand. Because stubbornness and loyalty to Trez as a detriment to the team is unacceptable.

    Agree with many on here that Doc is overrated as a coach. If the Clippers somehow make it to the Finals in spite of Doc, I don’t think it will matter because they won’t win in spite of him going up against Spo or Stevens.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      I hate how Doc always blames the players too and never takes ownership of his own poor decisions on lineup rotations.

    • Avatar Alan Ng says:

      The only way to get Doc from playing the player of his preference is to trade them away (ie Bradley, Austin). Clipper starters have to come out like gangbusters from the start to cause so much damage that bench minutes will be regarded as garbage minutes. Leave all starters in for 40+ minutes and sprinkle in a few for Green and Shamet.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    So one random and meaningless stat that in our favor…

    Clips 2020 playoff record based on TV broadcasters:

    TNT – 4 wins, 3 losses (I blame Chuck’s “guarantees”)
    ABC – 0 wins, 1 loss
    ESPN – 3 wins, 0 losses

    Game 6 is on ESPN, and if gawd forbid we need a Game 7 it’s on ESPN as well.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Ok so I was bored an curious so I looked up the record for the entire season for Clips on ESPN, and it’s pretty crazy…

      On ESPN in the 2020 playoffs: 3-0
      On ESPN in the bubble seeding games: 3-0
      Clips in bubble on ESPN: 6-0
      Pre-bubble regular season record on ESPN: 6-3
      Total 2020 record for ESPN games: 12-3

      And here’s the even weirder part… The have won the last 12 in a row on ESPN with the last loss coming on 11/13 before PG13 started his season. So…

      Clippers 2020 record on ESPN games where PG13 is in the starting line-up: 12-0

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29870984/marcus-morris-says-clippers-leaning-too-much-being-good-on-paper

    So, this is spot-on, honestly. But, similar to the MPJ comments, MM is the wrong messenger. I don’t want to hear this from the dude who helped turn back the clock 4 years for Paul Millsap unnecessarily (everything was going well for the Clippers at the time – why bother w/ that crap?). Kind of like I wouldn’t want to hear about “intensity” from Trez right now when he only brings it on one side of the floor.

    Talk is cheap, guys. Get out there and finish this, please.

  • Avatar mlslaw1 says:

    I think we’ve got this one. No looking ahead to the Lake show cuz the Negs have our full attention. Doc’s not worried as he thinks the bench will finally make it happen. Time to take the radio down to the beach and enjoy this victory not to mention Noah Eagles’ mispronunciation of KLs first name. Hey Noah, KLs first name is Kawhi, not Kuwhi. Mite as well get the star’s name right. Couldn’t hurt.