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Clippers have to close in pivotal playoff games or they are finished
Clippers have to close in pivotal playoff games or they are finished

It's the final seconds of a pivotal playoff game. The Clippers are within a dribble of a defining victory. A ball squirts loose. A play breaks down. A shot goes wild. A star stumbles. Another star gets lost. There is shouting, stomping, gesturing, confusion. The Clippers lose the lead. The Clippers lose the game. The Clippers blame themselves and promise they will learn. It happened Wednesday against San Antonio. It happened last spring against Oklahoma City. It happened before that against Golden State. After 15 postseason games over the last two seasons, the education of the best Clippers team in franchise history is creeping along so slowly and painfully, it might be fair...

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