The Clippers go out in the most Clipper way imaginable, going to Utah and a forcing an improbably Game 7, in their own house, only to return home, flat-line, get hammered and go in the first round. To a lower seed. Again.
Seriously, how the hell do you show up, that flat, for a Game 7?! A Game 7 in your own building; a Game 7 that could influence the entire direction and future of the franchise?!
But then again, this is who these guys are. And what they do. Pretty much every year. Same old Clippers.
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan win more than 60% of their regular season games every single year. And it doesn’t mean a damn thing. Not only did they not reach the conference finals, again. They didn’t even make it out of the first round. Against a lower seed again.
And now that it’s happened again, I love the question, “Is the Clippers’ run over?” Is the Clippers run over? That’s pretty hilarious. What run? Their run to the second round. They’ve never made any kind of legitimate run.
No, the question is, it time to break this crew up? And the answer is obviously, Yes! It doesn’t work. The pieces don’t fit. The chemistry is jacked. They’ve had their opportunities! J.J. Redick, who was completely taken out of the game last night by Utah said it himself, calling the end of the season “a recurring disappointment.”
If by recurring disappointment, you mean another catastrophe, I’d agree with you J.J., it’s a recurring disappointment. And no, they’re not getting closer or getting better, they’re just getting older.
Bring them all back? For who? For what? So you can throw even crazier jack at it to have the same exact result?!
And I don’t want to hear how they get a pass because Blake Griffin got hurt. I’m not sure they beat Utah even with Griffin. And I know they sure as hell can’t beat Golden State even with Griffin. And no, he and they don’t get a pass for his injury. That’s part of the problem; he can’t stay healthy. He’s either breaking his hand, trying to break an equipment manager’s face, or he’s getting hurt legitimately. Either way, he’s not there when they need him most. He’s not reliable.
So not only do they not get a pass for his injury, his injury or lack of durability in recent years, that’s a big part of the reason why they are where they are right now.
But that’s just me. Doc Rivers might be able to convince Steve Ballmer that keeping this crew together is what will given them their best shot of winning. I wouldn’t do it. But Ballmer might. But, and this is where it gets interesting, he might not be able to even if he wants to. It’s not entirely his choice. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick are all unrestricted free agents. So even if Ballmer wants them, they may not want him.
Then there’s the question of Doc Rivers, who a number of you Clipper fans want to blame for this whole debacle. Saying he’s the one who put the whole thing together and then wasn’t able to coach them up. I’m here to tell you, Doc’s not going anywhere.
Leave for where? Orlando? Sure he’s not. Not only is not a better situation than the one he currently has, a better situation doesn’t exist. Not when you consider how much money Doc is making, and how much power he has in that organization. Hell no, he’s not leaving. Only way he leaves is if Steve Ballmer asks him to leave but Ballmer still has confidence in him.
Blame Doc all you want, but he’s not going anywhere.