The LA Clippers blew another significant lead in the closing stages of the game. The Clippers were up by 20 points over the Golden State Warriors, but couldn’t stop Steph Curry from shooting the lights out against them. The Warriors ended up defeating the Clippers 115-105.
Twitter had a field day at the Clippers’ expense. Their loss to the Warriors brought back memories of the NBA playoffs last season, where they blew a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets to lose in the Western Conference semi-finals. Let us take a look at some memorable reactions from NBA fans and analysts.
The LA Clippers started the game really strong. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard played some great basketball, looking invigorated entering into the new season. George and Leonard combined for a total of 49 points against the Warriors. Other players like Nicolas Batum and Serge Ibaka also put up strong numbers, scoring 10 and 19 points, respectively.
At the end of the first half, the Clippers were up by 65-51 over the Warriors. However, LA had a poor showing in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors cut down the lead to just 6 points. What followed next was surprising, but not unfamiliar for Clippers fans.
During the fourth quarter, the Clippers scored only 18 points. In comparison, the Warriors scored 34 points to take the win away from the Clippers. Paul George only attempted one shot throughout the fourth quarter and missed that one too. What was remarkable about the Warriors’ comeback was that players like Brad Wanamaker and Damion Lee were making shots.
Throughout the season, the complaint against the Warriors was that players other than Steph Curry were not contributing to the scoring. However, over the past few games, players like Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall have been stepping up with solid points contributions.
Despite the Clippers blowing their lead, nothing should be taken away from Steph Curry. Curry has been playing at an impressive level. The game against the Portland Trail Blazers started an incredible run for Steph, during which he has recreated numbers from his historic 2015-16 MVP season. On the night, Steph scored 38 points and had 11 assists, with 9 three-pointers made.
Will the Clippers be able to rally from this defeat? The team has lost 2 of their past 3 games, and are looking mentally weak, not being able to rally when other teams decide to turn up the heat. If the Clippers want to avenge their previous season, they need to change their culture and mentality.
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