At this point, everyone seems convinced that the Clippers purposely ended their last two games of the season. The motif? To slip to the fourth seed to avoid playing the Lakers.
It’s just speculation at this point, but it hasn’t stopped the community from judging the team.
Stephen A. Smith is one of the youngest critics and recently brought it to your attention in a segment of Stephen A.’s World.
“The Los Angeles Clippers should be ashamed. And you know it has to be something big to shame this franchise, an organization that has never made a conference finale in 50 years.
They went out and purposely lost to the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, two of the saddest teams in the NBA last season. Dropped both games, sat Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
They no longer want to play against LeBron and the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Lose on purpose to dodge the Lakers? Losing on purpose to avoid the side we were told would be eliminated last year? That doesn’t sound like a champion to me. “
Given how safe the Clippers have been since Kawhi and PG arrived, this isn’t exactly the best look for them, especially considering what happened a year ago. At least it’s not the kind of behavior you’d expect from a championship team.
It seems that with each season of the year the Clippers find new ways to make themselves unlikely.
If they don’t win the title this year or somehow get back on their feet early, the sound of critics and haters will never stop.