There will be heartache in
The Clippers gave away a game they essentially had won.
They stopped playing in a game that wasn't over.
They didn't deliver the final knockout blow when they had their opponent on the ropes.
And because of that, the Clippers are in a bind.
The best-of-seven second-round series they once led 3-1 over the
They somehow blew a 19-point lead they had built with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
They somehow have twice failed to close out a series when the opportunity was right there in front of them.
The Clippers will have to collect themselves and win Game 7 in Houston at the
The home team has won 80% of Game 7s.
However, the Clippers have had success during the
They won a Game 7 at Memphis in a 2012 first-round series, won a Game 7 at home against
"We don't have a choice but to forget about this game and move on," Paul said. "We have another Game 7 on our hands.
"Unfortunately, we're very familiar with Game 7s. We just have to finish off the series."
The best strategy for the Clippers is playing as hard as they can for as long of the 48 minutes as they can.
They must keep their pace on offense and not slow down because they have a big lead.
They can't play not to lose like they seemed to do in Game 6.
They went through a stretch in which they missed 14 consecutive shots in the fourth quarter and were outscored 40-15 in the fourth.
"Hopefully we can learn something from this and get them ready for Sunday," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "They'll be ready. It's just going to take a little while."