They had already accomplished the improbable by knocking the defending champion
Then after they took a 3-1 lead over the
The Clippers then lost three games in a row, allowing the Rockets to become just the ninth team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the next round.
That slip included a devastating Game 6 loss at Staples Center, during which the Clippers gave up a 19-point third quarter advantage and were outscored in the fourth quarter, 40-15. In Game 7, the Clippers never led and trailed by as many as 20 points.
Now the conversation has shifted from praising the Clippers' recent accomplishments to calling them major disappointments. Talk of blowing up the team has even commenced.
Tweeted Magic Johnson on Sunday: "I think the Clippers must make roster changes if they want to get to the
The Clippers' nucleus --
After the Clippers' 113-100 Game 7 loss Sunday, the Clippers' players made it clear that they have a different perspective and would like to give it another shot next season.
Said Paul: "Always want to keep us together."
Said Jamal Crawford: "We were one game away from the Western Conference finals."
Said Jordan, who becomes a free agent in July: "This is what I'm used to [being a Clipper] but, like I said, I'm not thinking about that right now."