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Chris Paul: Two times when the Clippers let him down in the playoffs

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Who knows what could've happened had the NBA not vetoed Chris Paul's trade to the L.A. Lakers in 2011.

The point guard would probably be a title-winner if he had linked up with Kobe Bryant in the City of Angels. However, he ended up joining their city rivals, the Clippers, and his story has been that of playoff disappointment ever since.

Los Angeles' second franchise has developed a reputation as chokers over the past five years, and despite Paul's best efforts, they have never been able to live up to their evident potential.

With three franchise stars at their disposal, no appearances in the conference finals really does not paint a good picture.

Paul has averaged 21.2 points and 8.1 assists during his five playoff campaigns with the franchise, but circumstances have transpired against them. Here are two of their worst showings:

2013 - Memphis Grizzlies

Despite averaging 22.8 points and 15.3 assists, his efforts weren't good enough as the Clippers completely fell apart in game five against the fifth-ranked Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers

After seeing off the same team, at the same stage, the season prior, the loss was a huge blow, and the manner in which they fell behind in the series at Staples Center has come to be a regular occurrence.

Blake Griffin was not at 100 percent, played just 19 minutes and scored only four points. DeAndre Jordan had six and Paul was one of only two players to score double-figures as he dropped 35.

2015 - Houston Rockets

3-1. The Clippers were 3-1 up. And then it was gone. They finished the regular season as the most potent attacking unit in the NBA and took that into the playoffs.

But their shooting in the fourth quarter of game seven defied belief as they struggled to get the lid off the basket throughout the final 12 minutes.

Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Game Seven

Griffin missed open jumpers, Jamal Crawford missed open jumpers, J.J. Redick missed open jumpers and Jordan was even missing dunks. It really was crazy what happened.

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