Tonight was a night that a lot of people were looking forward to as not only was it the culmination of an amazing series between the Los Angles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, but it was a series that has involved more off court emotion than we could have ever imagined.
Whether you want to believe it or not, the Donald Sterling incident will forever be tied to this series but more specifically it will be tied to the outcome that affects the Los Angles Clippers. While they could shave laid down arms and allowed themselves to get distracted, they didn’t do that and instead have gone on to bounce back from the emotions of learning their owner was a full-on racist and have bonded closer together as a team and as a family.
The end result of that was a Game 7 win that propels the Clippers to a Western Conference Semifinals showdown against either the San Antonio Spurs or the Dallas Mavericks.
One outlying question we have as the Clippers celebrate their win is what will happen to the Warriors. They’ve made it to the postseason two straight years under Mark Jackson but there are questions about his future with the team. While the Clippers celebrate, the drama in Golden State is unavoidable and one of the more interesting story lines to follow into the offseason.
But tonight is all about the Clippers as their season continues, as does the amazing story of family that is attached to their season. Blake Griffin slamming home an alley-oop near the end of the game to dagger the Warriors was not only cool to see, but it spoke volumes about what this team has gone through and what it’s prepared to do in order to win as a team and as a family.