Austin Rivers bent over, inconsolable, after his heave from just inside half court fell well short.
DeAndre Jordan walked over to try anyway, patting his teammate tenderly and lingering for a round of hugs before departing the court. A season built on his teammates' converging at his home last summer was reduced to a solitary walk into the off-season.
The Clippers were beat up, bandaged, swollen and ultimately defeated, a 106-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Friday night at the Moda Center sending them home with another unhappy ending.
They were right there, even without injured stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin....