Ahead three games to one over the
"Being close ain't good enough," Clippers all-star point guard
After beating the Rockets in Games 3 and 4 by more than 20 points, the Clippers were being favored by some to win the championship. They included
Johnson admitted his mistake after the Clippers' 113-100 loss in Game 7, tweeting, "I thought the Spurs taught the Clippers how to win after a tough 7 game series. I was wrong. The Clippers are still the Clippers."
The Clippers allowed the Rockets to become the ninth team in
"You're angry, you're shocked. You're like, 'Did this really happen,'" Clippers guard
The Clippers had the odds stacked against them in Game 7, considering the home team wins them nearly 80% of the time in that situation during an NBA playoff series. But what happened in Game 6 was quite another story -- they blew a 19-point lead in the third quarter by getting outscored, 40-15, in the fourth quarter.
In Game 7, the Clippers never led and trailed by as many as 20 points. Rivers said that he thought team members wanted to win so badly that they got in their own way.
"I love my team and I love the fact that they wanted to win so bad that I thought, in my opinion, we almost couldn't win," he said.
The Clippers will have a lot to think about during the off-season, and high on that list will be the status of
Said Jordan of being a Clipper: "This is what I'm used to, but, like I said, I'm not thinking about that right now."
Crawford intimated that he doesn't think the team needs any serious changes to become a championship contender, and that he hopes the core will remain together.