LA Clippers Star Disrespects Denver Nuggets While Recalling Their Loss in 2020 Playoffs

Published 12/04/2020, 12:00 AM EST
LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (middle) and Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (right) are separated by players and officials during the first half of game five in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The world won’t let the Clippers forget their humiliating loss to the Denver Nuggets last season. They blew up a 3-1 lead against a team that was considered the underdogs. Nobody had expected the title favorites to drop the ball as they did. Despite all that went down, Marcus Morris still believes that they were the better team.

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When talking to the media, Morris explained where the Clippers lacked and justified that if only they had done that, the Nuggets had no chance of winning.

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“I didn’t think that we put enough time into breaking down exactly what we needed to fix and more of just relying on talent and relying on paper and the guys we had,” Morris said.

“I think I said that during the time we were down there that sometimes, I think we just relied on how good we are and not actually breaking it down and really finding out what we need to do better. Especially during that time, being up a certain amount and being playoff time, being up 3-1, and losing three, I feel like we didn’t get detailed in our adjustments.”

What’s next for the Clippers?

Sep 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and guard Paul George (13) celebrate during the first half of game five against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It won’t be easy for the Clippers to redeem themselves and title contenders. Morris addressed what the team’s mindset is entering the next season and how they felt after their loss to the Nuggets.

“It’s a good start, it’s a clean slate for us. Obviously, last year didn’t go as well as it could, but we’re on to the next year and I think guys are very motivated to come back. It hurt being up 3-1. It’s not about losing, it’s about how we lost,” said Morris.

“I think that’s the biggest motivation for this team. At the end of the day, that team wasn’t better than us, we all knew that. To be up and to lose that put an extra sting in our mentalities, so now we got something to go out and prove. I think for the team, I think that’s gonna be big for us.”

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The Clippers had it all even in Game 5,6 and 7. They were up by double digits but still tanked their lead. So, Marcus still claiming that they were a better team is outrageous. Maybe on paper, the Clippers were better. But on the court, the Nuggets proved themselves.

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The Nuggets and Clippers are scheduled to play each other as soon as the season begins. Will history repeat itself? Or will the Clippers come out stronger this time?

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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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