“A Lot of Barking”: Former NBA champion Hits Out on LA Clippers after Blow out Loss to Denver Nuggets

Published 09/16/2020, 11:00 AM EDT
Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


What a tremendous sight, watching an underdog team beat the title favorites so ruthlessly. The Denver Nuggets haven’t given the Clippers a chance to breathe throughout. Denver was led by their dynamic duo, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, and the Clippers have been looking out of place from the second half onwards in almost every game.

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There is no other team that has recovered from a 3-1 deficit in two consecutive series, and now they will enter their first conference finals since 2009.

Hard to digest the reality of the Clippers loss

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There is nobody who isn’t talking about the greatest upset the Nuggets have ever pulled. On top of which, at one of the most crucial turns in the NBA Playoffs. However, it is still upsetting to see a great team like the Clippers walking out of the Playoffs run like this.

In an interview with ESPN, Former NBA player and Analyst Kendrick Perkins was asked, “What is your initial thought on the Clippers blowing a 3-1 lead in this series, including two games that they had huge chances. A 19 point lead, a 16 point lead, what is your number one thought?”

Perkins harshly replied, “They’re the biggest front-runners in NBA history. When everything is going well grainy, you hear them hooping and howling and pounding their chests at their children and wives that are in the stands and the virtual fans. But when things get close, oh man, you could smell it, you could see it. Their heart stopped pumping kool-aid.”

Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) celebrates with guard Jamal Murray (27) after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports |Courtesy Reuters

No excuse is acceptable for the way they played against the Nuggets

Perkins described their shortcomings and why the Nuggets overpowered them. He said, “I’m looking at this Clipper team, man! They couldn’t guard a senior citizen at recess in a nursing home. They were horrible on the defensive end. The Denver nuggets flat out out-played them. They had the ultimate confidence. This is one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.”

He refused to listen to any excuses. “There is no way around it. I don’t want to hear anything about chemistry problems,” said Perkins. “They do a lot of barking and no biting.”

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Well, it looks like Perkins might be right. They had the best wing defenders on their side, who failed to perform. The Nuggets are going to be facing the purple and the gold in the Western Conference Finals.

Do you think they will continue their underdog streak? Or will they get intimidated by the Lakers instead?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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