There was something the
It would be easy to question themselves after so many things went sideways in the final minutes of their crushing 111-107 overtime loss in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the
J.J. Redick missed a technical foul free throw that hung on the rim as if it was suffering from a bout of indecisiveness.
Need more Clippers' lapses? No problem. There was still the overtime to play.
Griffin made only one of four shots and committed another turnover. Barnes missed another shot, capping a one-for-10 shooting performance.
The Clippers' charter flight might have struggled to make it off the runway Thursday, so heavy were the regrets the team carried with it to San Antonio for the next two games in a series tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is Friday evening at the AT&T Center.
"It's difficult," Griffin acknowledged late Wednesday night, "but at the same time sometimes things like this kind of refocus how you go about the next couple days to prepare.
"You know, we said during practice [Tuesday] that when you lose that first game, that's all you think about, and so they came out like that. They came out like that's all they thought about, like they were ready to play, and I expect us to respond in the same manner."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told a group of sports editors in New York on Thursday that he was "on the fence" about the league changing its policy on intentional fouls before next season. Silver said making free throws was part of the game and he found the strategy part of the tactic "fascinating," but he also conceded all the trips to the line could compel television viewers to stop watching.
The Clippers' free-throw struggles were only part of an inability to finish that stirred reminders of their Game 5 failures against Oklahoma City in last season's Western Conference semifinals.
No biggie, as far as Clippers Coach
"It's a loss," said Rivers, who did not hold a practice Thursday or make his players available to the media. "Win the next one, we're happy again. That's called sports, you know."
Rivers was probably incensed after Jordan finished third in voting for the defensive player of the year with 261 points, behind winner
Some might be calling for an inquiry into the Clippers' bench after their reserves were outscored, 48-17, by their Spurs counterparts in Game 2.
But unlike the Clippers, the Spurs appear to have plenty of help off their bench. Patty Mills,
Squandering home-court advantage will require the Clippers to put their road success to the test. They won a franchise-record 26 road games during the regular season, including a triumph at the AT&T Center, but they realize this will be tougher.
"Totally different game in the postseason," Paul said. "You've got to go in there and you've got to win it. You've got to go take it."
In other words, do everything the opposite of the way the Clippers handled things in the final minutes of Game 2.