I was really looking forward to seeing Warriors vs. Clippers in the Western Conference Finals.
A few days ago it looked like the Warriors might have some trouble shaking off the Grizzlies, but the Clippers were dragging the Rockets through the mud. L.A. wasn’t just up 3-1, they were blowing the Rockets out. How the tables have turned.
Houston could not have looked anymore finished following their 33-point loss in Game 4, and it didn’t lose again. Now the Rockets become the ninth team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 deficit and win a series. Even crazier was that this series was over in Game 6. The Clippers had it won, and somehow here we are (a feeling Doc Rivers knows from his time in Orlando).
This was LAC’s year to make a run, but the “Lob City” Clippers reverted back to … well, the Clippers that we used to know. And Chris Paul (who had a fantastic game with 26 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four steals) still has to deal with this reputation …
Doc Rivers: 1st coach in NBA history to lose multiple series when leading 3-games-to-1— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2015
LMAOOOOOO RT @LENism: welp. @warriorsworld@AminESPNpic.twitter.com/JcjgaVZ0ye — Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) May 17, 2015
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both had very good Game 7s as well, but there was absolutely nothing else there for the Clippers. The Rockets, led by James Harden’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 16 and 15 double-double, had plenty of help surrounding their stars — proving to be the difference in Game 7. Here’s a look at how Steve Balmer’s taking the news.
@PeterVecsey1pic.twitter.com/HJyHMNLFDF — Go Hawks Go (@CrimsonTider74) May 17, 2015
In all seriousness, though, this was an amazing comeback for the Rockets — who have now won more series’ this postseason than they have in the last 17 combined! We’re deprived of the excitement of Clippers and Warriors, but we still get to see the top two finishers in the MVP voting go head-to-head in the postseason. But if the regular season tells us anything, this could be a pretty one-sided matchup …
Warriors went 4-0 against Rockets this season and outscored them by an average of 15.3 PPG Stephen Curry: shot 58% from field, 62% from 3 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2015
But this series was really about the Clippers and what they weren’t capable of doing. It’s a tough call to make, but it looks like this is how their season is going to continue ending if they don’t make some type of adjustments. It could just be the right addition or subtraction, but they at least have to talk about moving one of their stars. If not, they’re going to find themselves in the same spot every season, and Chris Paul is going to continue to have to take this annual All-Star photo.
Ouch! RT @Jamal2Doe: “smile if you have a ring” pic.twitter.com/igUmhp3uco — Lizzuendo (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) May 17, 2015No matter what happens this postseason, at least we’re going to see something we haven’t seen in a while!
Most Recent NBA Championship Remaining Postseason Teams Rockets 1995 Warriors 1975 Hawks 1958 Cavaliers Never— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2015
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