1. In past seasons, the Clippers would have complained and whined to the bitter end over a perceived slight.
But not this time. Not on Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, not when they probably would have been in the right to explode over a controversial call that went against the Clippers.
That’s because Patrick Beverley would not let them wallow in self-pity. And because he was going to show mental fortitude, the rest of the Clippers had no choice but to follow.
The Clippers trailed 102-101 when Austin Rivers drove into the lane and drew a foul. He had fallen to the court in the process and dislocated his right pinkie finger as well.
As Clippers head athletic trainer Jasen Powell yanked and yanked and yanked Rivers’ finger back into place, L.A. assumed the guard would be shooting two free throws with 6.1 seconds left.
Instead, the officials looked at a review and overturned the call, giving the ball back to Portland.
All the Clippers stood around stunned, not sure what to make of what was happening.
“Pat brought everybody in and said, ‘What are we doing?’ We were waiting for the call to see what was going to happen,” said Blake Griffin, who wound up hitting the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. “So we actually called the coaches over and
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-takeaways-20171027-story.html
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