Clippers set to try, again, to reach the conference finals

Document Rivers is absolutely acutely aware of the adage that claims the toughest video games to win within the NBA are those the place one group can finish every other’s season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Document Rivers is absolutely acutely aware of the adage that claims the toughest video games to win within the NBA are those the place one group can finish every other’s season.

He’d love to amend that idea.

“Simply profitable a recreation within the NBA is difficult,” the Los Angeles Clippers’ trainer stated.

For the Clippers, profitable a recreation at this level within the season has been unimaginable — ceaselessly. The franchise that spent a long time very best described as woebegone hasn’t ever reached the convention finals, now Zero-6 in video games the place they may clinch a place in that spherical after dropping to Denver in Sport five in their Western Convention semifinal collection.

Sport 6 is Sunday, when the Clippers will as soon as once more attempt to get to a degree of the playoffs that they’ve by no means reached prior to. They’ll take a Three-2 collection lead into the matchup, after losing a 15-point second-half lead and falling 111-105 to the Nuggets in Sport five.

“We gave a recreation up,” Clippers ahead Paul George stated. “Sport 6, we’ve were given to return in and put them away. That’s the emphasis within the collection, Sport 6. We’ve were given to do our activity and do our activity higher.”

Kawhi Leonard’s Three-pointer with 1:25 left within the 3rd put the Clippers up 80-67. They were given outscored 44-25 the remainder of the best way, taking pictures 7 for 27 in that span — whilst Denver used to be 7 for nine from Three-point vary and 12 for 19 from the ground total in the ones mins.

The Nuggets at the moment are Four-Zero when going through removing this season, after rallying from Three-1 down in opposition to Utah within the first spherical. No NBA franchise has ever pulled off a couple of Three-1 comebacks in the similar decade, a lot much less the similar season, however Denver nonetheless has existence.

Paul Millsap sparked the rally through Denver through scoring 14 issues within the 3rd quarter, and Nikola Jokic used to be Four for Four from the sector within the fourth to assist the Nuggets end the win off.

“We imagine in ourselves,” Nuggets trainer Michael Malone stated.

A take a look at Sunday’s recreation:

CLIPPERS VS. NUGGETS

Los Angeles leads Three-2. Sport 6, 1 p.m. EDT, ESPN.

— NEED TO KNOW: It’ll make for a large sports activities day in Los Angeles, with the Clippers beginning at 10 a.m. native time, the Chargers taking part in their NFL opener at Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m. in the community and the Rams at house for his or her opener in opposition to Dallas at five:20 p.m. Pacific. The Denver Broncos don’t open their season till Monday evening.

— KEEP AN EYE ON: How the Clippers end. Rather then Leonard, the Clippers have been Zero for nine from Three-point vary within the ultimate 13 mins of Sport five and four for 19 from the sector. Leonard had 16 of the Clippers’ ultimate 28 issues — sure, he’s a two-time NBA Finals MVP, however even he wishes extra assist than that.

— INJURY WATCH: Will Barton (proper knee) stays out for Denver.

— PRESSURE IS ON: The Clippers. In the event that they let this factor cross to Sport 7, Denver’s self assurance received’t have the ability to have compatibility throughout the enviornment the place they’d play the deciding recreation on Tuesday evening. There might be an absolute urgency from the Clippers to complete the activity on Sunday.

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