After another day of no basketball, we look at five “what if?” questions that still haunt fans of the Clippers.
Ask any fan of the Los Angeles Clippers, and they’ll tell you: the Clippers have long been one of the greatest examples of a cursed NBA team. When you go through the history of the team, it’s eye-opening how many times the cards turned up 100% against the Clips.
With that in mind, let’s look at five of the most egregious examples of “what ifs” in the history of the team. I’m going to stick to realistic questions here. So while, yes, it would’ve been great if Kevin Durant came to the Clips, it doesn’t really seem like there was ever much of a chance of that happening.
5. Game 6 vs. Houston, 2014-15
Let’s go recent for number 5. This game is burned into the emotional psyche of Clippers fans.
You know the story. At the start of the 4th quarter, the Clippers were up 92-79. Harden got benched because he was 5-20. It looked like the Rockets had all but given up.
Then Josh Smith gets hot. Corey Brewer heats up. The Clippers can’t hit anything. Suddenly we look at the scoreboard and that deficit is narrowing. Before you know it, the Rockets have completed the unthinkable comeback.
In the 4th, the Clips were outscored 40-15. Josh Smith went 4-5 (3-4 from 3); Corey Brewer went 5-8(2-3 from 3). As a team in the fourth, the Rockets went 12-21 from the field.
This would be the closest the Lob City Clippers would ever get to a championship. For many Clippers fans, this is the “one that got away.” Blake was in the midst of his best playoffs ever, averaging 25.2/12.7/6.1 and performing like a top 3 player in the league. The potential Warriors vs. Clippers Conference Finals had fans of great NBA basketball salivating.
After this season, the Warriors took another step and went 73-9, then got Kevin Durant, effectively shutting the door on this chapter in Clippers’ history.