Things between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder got physical today in Game 4 and what we saw will no doubt set a precedent for Game 5 this upcoming week. Things head back to Oklahoma City but the Thunder will have some adjusting to do after they let the Clippers back into a game they at one point led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles didn’t die easy in Game 4 as they fought back in the fourth to take the game to the wire, and they did so both defensively and offensively.
We’ve seen this series show off an abundance of offensive prowess on both sides which was either because both offensive units are high powered or neither defensive unit want dot show up. But only one team stayed under 100 points in Game 4 and things stayed tight late in the game.
The real story was how the Clipper fought back from 16-points down to not only tie the game from the free throw line with 1:50 left but take the lead less than 40 seconds later.
Both teams have traded dominant games but this might be the first time that one of the two teams needs to be afraid moving forward. We saw the thunder nearly breakdown in their opening round series against the Memphis Grizzlies and the same seems to be happening against a much better Clippers team. Los Angeles isn’t the most complete team in the playoffs but despite mismatches and the lack of a true big man off the bench, the Clippers charged back in a big way not only in Game 4 but in this series thanks to their win.
You don’t just erase a 16 point deficit and then forget about it, as the Clippers own all of the momentum in this series and are quite literally stealing Oklahoma City’s thunder.