The Los Angeles Clippers are the most haunted team in the NBA. Earlier this week, the team lost its top two players on a day it seemed their title hopes had reached their highest.
On Monday night, in the same playoff game in which Chris Paul broke a bone in his hand versus Portland, Blake Griffin re-aggravated his quad muscle injury, and will sit out the remainder of the postseason.
The fourth game of the series, in which Portland won to even the series at 2-2, was the beginning of the end for the Clippers.
The Clippers will need exceptional play from the rest of the team just to get out of the first round. If that were to happen, a likely meeting in the second round with Golden State would likely last all of four games, even if the Warriors do not have Stephen Curry.
For the third straight postseason, the Los Angeles Clippers have gone from being a legitimate title contender to only having a few games left before being eliminated.
Doc Rivers the Clippers head coach summed it by saying the team has not had the best luck. He went on to say it was the worst luck he had ever seen.
Monday afternoon, amidst the news of Curry’s injured knee that could keep him sidelined two weeks, the Clippers believed the team finally caught the break it needed to propel them to the conference finals for the first time in the 46-year history of the franchise.
On Monday night at tipoff, the team had a chance to quickly eliminate Portland, sneak past a Curry-less Golden State and compete hard against Oklahoma City or San Antonio for the Western Conference title.
However, before the Portland game was over on Monday, the Clippers season had come to an end.
Teams lose their best players in games, i.e. Golden State losing Curry, but their two best and during the same game, that is the Clippers Curse, said many.
The Clippers will give it their all in the next two or three games against Portland, but the odds are so stacked against them that even winning the series will just drag out their misery when they meet Golden State in the second round.