Unfortunately for Redick and his teammates, Los Angeles was unable to escape that curse or whatever in this year’s playoffs. The Clippers fell to the Jazz in their seven-game series, but it wasn’t just losing to Utah. The Clippers lost Blake Griffin to a big-toe injury in a Game 3 win and couldn’t build on their 2-1 series lead. Griffin’s absence and another first-round exit added another brutal chapter to the book full of LA’s recent postseason misery.
Dating back to 2013, the Clippers have blown five straight playoff series leads. The numbers are stunning when you consider this team has three All-Star level players (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) in the starting lineup and a championship coach (Doc Rivers) who has led the team Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys to four consecutive 50-plus win seasons. (Clippers owner Steve Ballmer may not want to look at what’s below.)
Welcome to Clippers playoff postgame, where stupid happens.
Tuesday night, after the Clips lost to the Jazz and fell behind 3-2 in their West playoff series, LA point guard Chris Paul had to field a stunner of a question Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys about whether there’d be a Game 7.
The questioner seemed hopeful CP3 would get real and give everyone a juicy headline by saying his team was done. When that didn’t happen, the interrogator persisted. The challenge became Defend your optimism.
Paul’s reaction (What?) was understandable and along the lines of Doc Rivers’ incredulous expression after a question following Game 1. At least the question to Rivers was about actual game play. We need more (and smarter) questions about game play. The question to Paul was just bait placed in front of a frustrated athlete: Please go off script and create heat. Paul left the line dangling.