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Bill Plaschke: Clippers Curse claims yet another postseason

By Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

That night they blew a 16-point lead and lost. Two days later they blew a 19-point lead and lost. Then they showed up Tuesday and blew a 12-point first-half lead by being outscored 50 to 33 in the second half.

And all over Los Angeles, Lakers fans are saying, "I told you so."

They've seen this before. They've seen this so many times before.

The Clippers arrived here in 1984 and had losing records in 22 of their first 25 seasons. During that time their haplessness was epitomized by the fact that they somehow blew two chances to acquire Kobe Bryant. They passed on him first in the 1996 draft, then years later Bryant left them at the altar after verbally committing to join them as a free agent.

In recent years, even as their star power has increased, so has their incompetence.

Their infamously failed "Lob City" team of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin blew a three-games-to-one lead to the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals in 2015.

 

A year earlier, amid the furor of the NBA banning owner Sterling for racist remarks, the team collapsed in the semifinals against Oklahoma City.

But this season was supposed to be different. This season was supposed to be special.

Their rich and gifted squad raced to a second-place finish behind the Lakers in the Western Conference while gaining a reputation as the deepest roster in the league.

And they have gregarious coach Doc Rivers. Doesn't everyone love Doc Rivers?

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