The Los Angeles Clippers blew a seven-point lead in the final minute of their game 5 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of last year’s playoffs. The series was tied at two and clearly the winner was going to have a huge leg up.
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Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul was devastated by the defeat. According to Ben Bolch of The Los Angeles Times Paul cried in the locker room following the loss.
"It was all part of the Clippers’ blowing a seven-point lead in the final 49.2 seconds of Game 5 that sent the Clippers back to Staples Center facing an elimination game that they lost to end their season. Paul was so devastated he cried in the locker room afterward.Four months later, the emotional fallout lingers.“It would be lying to you to say I’d forgotten about it,” Paul said during a break on set. “It’s one of those things that I don’t want to forget, to tell you the truth. I think for me, I feel like you have to remember things like that and therefore you don’t want that feeling again. I know I don’t.”"
Paul is one of the league’s most fierce competitors so this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. They had a chance to return home with a chance to close things out.
Last season, Paul missed 20 games and averaged 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 46.7% from the field, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 85.5% from the free throw line. In his nine-year career, the fourth-overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft has averaged 18.6 points, 9.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 47.2% from the floor, 35.7% from three and 85.7% from the charity stripe.
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