Austin Rivers bent over, inconsolable, after his heave from just inside half court fell well short.
DeAndre Jordan walked over to try anyway, patting his teammate tenderly and lingering for a round of hugs before departing the court. A season built on his teammates’ converging at his home last summer was reduced to a solitary walk into the off-season.
The Clippers were beat up, bandaged, swollen and ultimately defeated, a 106-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Friday night at the Moda Center sending them home with another unhappy ending.
They were right there, even without injured stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. They had the ball with 14 seconds left, facing a two-point deficit. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who had already scored a career playoff-high 32 points, drove toward the basket.
Things went poorly from there. Crawford’s contested layup missed with 1.9 seconds left and Portland’s Mason Plumlee grabbed the rebound and was fouled as the crowd roared in anticipation of the closeout victory.
Plumlee missed the first free throw and made the second, allowing the Clippers to inbound the ball and set up some semblance of a final shot. But Rivers’ attempt wasn’t close, cinching a result
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-blazers-20160430-story.html
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