Here come the excuses.
The Los Angeles Clippers saw their season end in incredibly disappointing fashion on Tuesday night, and it appears we know why the team was so flat in the 3rd and 4th quarter of that game.
The Clippers took a two-point lead into halftime in Game 7 before seemingly giving up. They scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, multiple Clippers players asked out of the game in the fourth quarter because they were extremely fatigued.
Head coach Doc Rivers even told reporters after the game that his players were visibly exhausted during Game 7. The coach believes having multiple players who were in and out of the bubble became problematic.
“I was never comfortable. Never was,” Rivers said, per Spears. “Conditioning wise we had guys who couldn’t play minutes.”
Despite the collapse, the Clippers will still be one of the favorites to win it all next season but will be much harder with the Golden State Warriors being back at full strength.