One shot or one play doesn't necessarily determine the outcome of a game, coaches and players like to say, because there are so many shots and plays during the course of a game.
But there was one shot Thursday night, by Portland’s
"We gave up a three at the end. That can't happen," Rivers said Thursday night after the game. "No. 1, we should have fouled. That's on me. We had too much indecision. . . . I always foul. And the one time I don't, they score. That's why I always foul. So that one is on me."
"That's on me," Griffin said. "I've got to do a better job on that last play. I've got to get up into Batum and make that switch a little bit harder."
"That three-pointer there at the end, I should have switched out on Batum," Paul said. "Then I had a great shot to win the game there. We shouldn't have even been in the overtime."
Here's how the play went:
With 9.3 seconds left and the Clippers leading, 101-98, Batum took the ball out of bounds in front of the Clippers' bench with Griffin defending him.
Batum inbounded to
As Batum took the first of two dribbles,
By the time Paul realized that Batum was about to pull up for the three-point attempt at the top of the arc, it was too late for him to recover enough on defense. Batum drilled the 26-footer to tie the score at 101-101.
The Clippers still had 5.3 seconds left, but Paul missed a 17-foot jumper. The Clippers eventually lost in overtime, 116-112.
"We've talked about it already now a couple of times," Griffin said about what should have happened on the Batum play. "Like I've said, we've just got to learn from it and move on."