The Comeback Kids from Colorado accomplished what the Coronavirus and killing of Jacob Blake couldn’t, kill the Clippers dreams of challenging the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals for the King of LA crown. Denver Nuggets made history Tuesday night by being the only team to come back from 3-1 in the playoffs twice and win in game seven.
Following a four-month delay, the NBA is finally resumed July 30th. Billed as a Whole New Game, things looked a lot different once teams arrive in Orlando, but one thing that didn’t change was the LA Clippers’ shot at winning the franchise’s first-ever championship.
Ever since Los Angeles managed to add the superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George last July, the Clippers have been among those favored to be the ones hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy upon conclusion of the NBA Finals. Almost a year later, that still hadn’t changed. After winning the first three games, it was looking like the Clippers would be challenging Lebron and the Lakers for the Champion of the City of Angeles.
“Wait ’til the get a load of me,” The Joker
Like Jack Nicholson – Easily the biggest celebrity Laker fan – said in his role of the Joker in Batman in 1989, Nikola Jokić, Denver’s 7 foot Serbian Forward-center picked 41st overall in the second round, told the whole basketball world, ‘Wait ’til They get a load of me.’
He and Jamal Murray, Denver’s dynamic duo told the rest of the league put some respect on our name. To quote the Notorious B.I.G., ‘If you don’t know, now you know.’ While sports fans expected the Clippers to advance, the Nuggets let the world know they weren’t just an eighth seed just happy to be there or the Bad News Bears of Basketball, they are in this to win a ring.
Denver, who were considered an underdog, had other plans. The Denver Nuggets once again thoroughly dominated the second half to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, 104-89 in Tuesday night’s Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference finals. It was the second straight series that Denver erased a 3-1 series deficit, and they’ll now meet the Los Angeles Lakers with a chance to make the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. For their chance at winning the franchise’s first-ever championship.
Unfortunately, there will be no title for the Clippers this year. Much less the first-ever trip to the Western Conference Finals, as Kawhi and Co. lost Game 7 to the Denver Nuggets, 104-89, in embarrassing fashion on Tuesday night in Orlando.
Adding insult to injury the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to Denver. They also blew big leads in Games 5 and 6 and then they were terrible in the second half of Game 7 and were never really in it in the fourth quarter. Then the superstar acquisitions Leonard and George were dreadful in Game 7, shooting a combined 10-of-38 for 24 points.
Just like that the Clippers are headed home, falling woefully short of the expectations that this team carried all season long.
Sometimes the Clippers look like the best team in the NBA, and other times they once again looked like the Best Man instead of the Groom. Their aspirations of being looked at as more then the Lakers little brothers once again fall short. Like George Foreman after losing to Ali, the Clippers are still chasing the championship and continue to live in the Lakers’ shadow.
Even Magic Johnson – who won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers – criticized the Clippers for falling short and looking so bad in doing so:
The Clippers choked again. 🤦🏾♂️ They choked against Houston in 2015 and they choked tonight against the Denver Nuggets.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 16, 2020
Magic followed that up by tweeting the Lakers will always own Los Angeles, that will never change!
Now their reward for making the historical comeback against Denver must face to real Kings of LA and arguably one of the greatest players in the game today Lebron James. Game one of the Westchester Conference Finals is Friday, September 18th at 9pm on TNT. Does Denver have one more comeback left. Nobody has ever done what Denver has ever done but it gonna take a lot more than to compete with the Lakers who have their own dynamic duo or Lebron James and Anthony Davis.