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5 points from game 7 loss to nuggets

The Buffalo Clippers advanced to the semi-finals of three consecutive conferences between 1974 and 1976, but never made any progress. The new name and two moves 30 years later, the franchise known as the Clippers, finally had the opportunity to take the next step in 2006. Instead, he lost to Phoenix in seven games.

Then “Rob City” arrived, but the final breakthrough of the meeting did not happen. In 2012, San Antonio played the second round of four games, losing the six-game series in Oklahoma City in 2014, Houston in seven games the following year, and the Clippers 3-1. Series lead.

Due to its history, Staples Center rafters have lost the Clippers Game Night banner, and the franchise is no longer able to advance to the finals of the conference as one of only three in the NBA.

The current roster was created to change that.

The Clippers kicked off with the 2018 trade of the all-star forward Blake Griffin, turning the face of the franchise into a large number of players and future draft topics. They also facilitated a deal with last year’s All-Star Forward Paul George, signing Kawillenard, the most valuable player in the two finals and the most well-known free agent the team has ever signed. Addressed more players and salary cap flexibility to promote.

Growing up in the suburbs of Palmdale and Molino Valley in Los Angeles, the two stars returned in a fanfare last summer. Now they’re ending their first season together as they’re experiencing the same post-season misery that Clippers have been franchising for 50 years.

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of Lost 104-89 in Game 7 The semi-final to Denver at the Western Conference was the third in a row, holding a double-digit lead before the Clippers lost.

5 points from the loss at the end of the season:

1. of Game 7 details It’s been horrifyingly reviewed. The Clippers have a good outlook as the Leonard and George seasons are only guaranteed once more. Both can opt out of the contract and become a free agent in 2021. The Clippers’ first season as a championship favorite has ended badly, with one year left to leave the impression that the team will win the title they promised to chase. ..

“It hurts, it hurts, but we move on,” George said. “Of course, we run together in the first year, we run together first. Of course, we wanted to win this. But we are about being together and building something in the future. I was very optimistic. “

2. Leonard scored an average of 11.5 points in the second half of each Series 7 game. He scored two points after half-time in Game 7 and made one of the 11 shots.

George averaged 10.8 points per second against Denver in six games. He scored only three points after Tuesday’s halftime, made one of his seven shots and failed a free throw. George and Leonard combined to miss all 11 shots in the fourth quarter.

3. Players repeatedly stated that lack of chemistry on the court was a factor in early exit. The Clippers defended a healthy roster 11 times during the regular season and won eight more times in the postseason. Starting center Ivica Zubac and backup guard Landry Shamet arrived at the NBA restart a few weeks later, with a positive coronavirus test. Three players have left the bubble due to the death of their loved one. All the reasons they were cited, along with conditioning from absenteeism and injury, are why Core succumbed to the Denver team he had played with for many years.

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“You have a lot of parts,” said reserve guard Lou Williams. “You’re going from last year, we were a team that wasn’t expected to play off and become a championship level team when you brought in two high level guys. It’s a coordination is. [Montrezl Harrell] I had to adjust the game.

“I think everyone had to sacrifice and put themselves in a different position. That can be time consuming, especially when doing it for years at a time. For Kawi. , He won the championship with a group of completely different men to come here. Paul was in a different situation. There were so many different moving parts. Just working out at the gym It doesn’t happen. It takes time. So we have to deal with it. We have to accept it and move on. “

Four. George then said, “Internally, I’ve always felt that this wasn’t a championship or bust year for us. As you know, the longer we’re together, and the more we’re together. The closer you are to each other, the better you can be. “

The definition of “bust” can vary from person to person, but it was always clear that this season was not a learning experience and was not intended to perform the title. On the eve of the playoffs a month ago, a Doc Rivers coach said he was disappointed that he couldn’t win. Asked about the feelings of that August day, George agreed.

“I want to win the championship,” he said. “That’s why we promised to be here. It’s as easy as that. We have one goal, we have one goal. That’s victory.”

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Five. The last three games resulted in the fact that one team ran after half-time and the other team couldn’t. Denver outperformed the Clippers by a total of 74 points after half-time games 5, 6 and 7.

“We were getting a point blank look, but it didn’t go. [Denver] “Continued,” said Rivers. “The whole difference is that they also went through such stretches and they just kept playing. I just thought we started missing shots, especially in the fourth quarter, you’re ours You can see less and less trust, that is, listen, obviously I could have done something more. I always think I am, no matter what. It doesn’t matter what we have. I don’t try to understand it by looking at this, but as you know, it’s very disappointing. “