It's the game that will never go away, not as long as
As painful as it is to relive, the
"That feeling of the win being so close and slipping away," Griffin said Friday, "is probably the worst feeling in basketball."
The Clippers were ahead by 13 points with four minutes to play. They were still up by seven points with 49.2 seconds to go. A victory would have given them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, with a potential closeout Game 6 at Staples Center two days later.
It was a closeout game, all right. Only it was the Clippers who would be finished after an epic collapse at the end of Game 5.
The stunning sequence included two turnovers by Clippers point guard
The Clippers might shudder a bit when they take the court inside
Paul said this summer he didn't want to forget how much the loss hurt so that he might not have to experience that feeling again. But asked Friday whether he still thought about the game, Paul indicated he had moved on.
"You know how long ago that was?" he said. "Go in there, yeah, ooh."
The Clippers players weren't the only ones with regrets. Clippers Coach
Coaches had instructed the Clippers to foul Thunder star
"How did that happen?" Rivers wondered aloud this fall. "What didn't we say in the timeout that they didn't hear us?"
On Friday, Rivers said he was "really" looking forward to the Clippers' return but acknowledged he wasn't sure how his players would react. Griffin seemed as if he was also eager to go back.
"I don't dread playing any game, but that game is still on my mind," said Griffin, who last watched it in January on his iPad. "It's a good reminder."
Paul was fined $25,000 on Saturday for his comments critical of Lauren Holtkamp after the rookie referee called a technical foul on Paul during the Clippers' loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
The technical came after the Clippers tried to quickly inbound the ball following a Cavaliers free throw.
"We're trying to get the ball out fast every time down the court and when we did that she said, 'Uh-uh,' and I said, 'Why uh-uh?' and she gave me a tech and that's ridiculous," Paul said Thursday. "If that's the case, then this might not be for her."
Paul did not back down from his comments the next day, saying they were "about a bad call."
AT OKLAHOMA CITY
When: 10 a.m. PST.
On the air: TV: Channel 7; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 33-18;
Record vs. Thunder: 1-0.
Update: Oklahoma City is only 14-9 since