Vilified no end for having lost a sure-win 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Bubble Playoffs last year, the Clippers bounced back not once, but twice against the vastly-improved Mavericks. The team simply refused to give up in the face of extreme adversity. It was a character win that certainly won the hearts of many.
Today, the Clippers and the Mavs square off for the final time this season. Whoever wins advances to the next round, the loser goes home for a long vacation. How this show will end will depend much on the enigma that is the Clippers.
Gentlemen, start your engines!!! The NBA season is upon us. After a very brief respite, our beloved cagers are here once again to provide us our daily dose of basketball medicine to drive away the thoughts of this COVID misery. Truly a wonderful medicine for these difficult times.
“History is written by the victors.” In a way, this truism also holds true for sports. History will always be kind to the victors and cruel on the losers, as the recent NBA Championship has demonstrated.
This should be the lesson and the big challenge for the Clippers next year. For all the talent, the beef and the basketball IQ they have collectively, nothing will beat a team that is cohesive and willing to dirty themselves deep in the trenches.
There is so much at stake for the Clippers in this game. After the massive investment to bring in Kawhi, George, Marcus Morris and the rest, a loss now will be a huge downer. Coach Rivers will have to get this team mentally and physically prepared to do battle. Failing that, this could be the end of the Clippers’ title dreams for the years ahead.