“There’s Something Going on Here”: NBA Analysts Raises Questions on LA Clippers Ahead of Game 7 Against Denver Nuggets

Published 09/15/2020, 4:30 PM EDT
LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) in the first half in game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the most talented teams in the league. They are expected to win it all this season, but in the Playoffs, they are playing like a shell of themselves. Kawhi Leonard led Clippers are on the verge of blowing a 3-1 lead against the Nuggets.

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Right now, the series is tied at three games apiece courtesy of insane performances by Nikola Jokic. But what went wrong for the Clippers? They have a solid, well-rounded team and are still struggling to find their groove.

If the Nuggets take Game 7, then it would taint the Clippers’ playoff record even further. In 50 years as a basketball team, this is the closest the Clippers have ever been to making the WCF. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst made some remarks on the present condition of the Clippers.

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There’s something going on here and just saying that it’s the Clippers losing focus or them not being able to hold on to a lead, it’s more than that. The Denver Nuggets are outplaying them, the Denver Nuggets bench has been better, their second half execution has been better, their second half energy has been better, their second half coaching has been better.

“Montrezl Harrell has not been the same player since he came back from being away. Lou Williams has not been the same player, since he came out of the NBA Quarantine… As Doc Rivers said today, they [Clippers] put themselves here, nobody else, and it’s up to the Clippers to get themselves out of it.”

Clippers need to regroup quickly, or it’s the end of the road for them. Game 7 is the last opportunity to salvage something from this playoff run. Otherwise, it will be the same old story for the franchise.

Can the Los Angeles Clippers win Game 7?

LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Montrezl Harrell (left) and guard Patrick Beverley (21) and head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in game three of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Looking back on recent performances by the Clippers, it’s been nothing but disappointment for the fans. Despite entering the second half with a commanding lead, they could not finish multiple games.

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Moreover, the glorified second unit of the Clippers continues to struggle. On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets are playing just phenomenal in the series. Nikola Jokic has risen as the leader for the squad while Michael Porter Jr. is leading the bench for the team.

Taking the current situation into consideration, the Nuggets might upset the Clippers and advance to the WCF. However, Kawhi Leonard has championship experience and there is no better time to carry the team on his back.

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Who will be the one to clinch the Western Conference Finals berth? We will have our answer on Tuesday night.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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