Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin celebrating at Staples Canter
I don’t want to take too long with this, nor do I want to go on and on with a recap of that Game Seven or that first round playoff series that the Clippers just completed with the now-former NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
Such recaps have been done to death all over the media, internet and otherwise.
I will, however state just a few things regarding what everyone needs to agree was an instant classic of a series and final game:
1. While not claiming to be a complete expert on matters like this, in my opinion Sunday’s Game 7 at Staples Center was the best basketball game ever played, much like how Game 6 of the 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox is considered the greatest baseball game ever played.
Many lead changes and ties abounded throughout that battle, and it appropriately went down to the last second with Chris Paul’s winning jump shot – on one leg, no less.
Whether or not people agree with my statement about Game 7 being the best ever in the 124 years that the sport of basketball has been played, it must be acknowledged that it was the greatest win in Clippers franchise history to date.
By a long way.
The Clippers’ hero and Man of the Hour
2. Most unfortunately, in the grand tradition of “bad news to go along with good news” (or potentially very bad news in this case), the triumph has come with a terrible price as CP3 has likely paid for that win at Staples Center with his hamstring.
The team says that he is a “game time decision” going into their first game in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Houston Rockets, but pretty much everyone is of the conviction that he won’t play.
He’ll certainly be less than 100% if he does manage to get on the court.
Which will ultimately end the Clippers run at an NBA title as losing a player like Chris Paul is like having a wheel come off your car as the battery dies.
The Los Angeles Times has predicted the Rockets winning in six games if CP3 is not available, and I agree with that prognostication.
However, to paraphrase what Humphrey Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 classic film Casablanca:
“We’ll always have San Antonio.”
In the meantime, enjoy this video clip of what is without a doubt the greatest shot in Clipper history: