The very mysterious and confusing season that the Los Angeles Clippers have had continued on Sunday night with a 98-97 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Without knowing anything about how the game ended, you might assume that the game was close throughout, and that the teams had a hard-fought battle to the end.
However, that presumption would be entirely wrong.
With 4:59 left in the game, the Clippers led 94-76 and were seemingly in complete control of the situation. Up 18 points with under five minutes to go is usually a good indication that a team will win, especially under the guidance of an experienced and successful head coach along with a roster of players that includes many veterans who have been around the block.
In fact, over the last 20 years, a team has never lost in that exact situation. That is, until Sunday, when the Kings mounted a miraculous late-game 22-4 run to steal one against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the Clips.
Teams are now 6,746-1 in that particular situation over the span. If you think about the sheer number of games that is, the collapse becomes that much more impressive and epic in nature.
In this season alone, teams that were up 18 in the final five minutes were 359-0.
After the game, Griffin explained how L.A. didn’t seem to have the right spirit all night long and that earlier in the game, his team got lucky because the Kings simply were missing the high-percentage looks they were creating. Unfortunately for him and his squad, that all changed in the late run.
Head coach Doc Rivers was among the most frustrated, as you might expect. Here’s what he had to say in his post-game press conference.
While it was the second half of a back-to-back and the final game of a stretch in which Los Angeles played eight games in 12 days, Rivers explained how he wished his bench could have picked up the slack in the fourth quarter. But, as we saw, that didn’t happen.
It’s not very often that we can say that a team pulled off the impossible. But, as seen on Sunday night, the Kings came close to doing just that, as they broke a 6,746-game streak in the process.
The Clippers will have a couple days off to let this one sink in before attempting to avenge the embarrassing collapse against the Washington Wizards at home on Wednesday night.News Now - Sport News