New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick appeared on the Lowe Post podcast and looked back on his time with the LA Clippers. While reminiscing about his four years with the Hollywood-based franchise, Redick was baffled with how that particular group failed to capture at least one NBA championship:
“We really f****d that up. We had a chance to win. To me it was such a special time and then by the end of my third year, fourth year it just felt completely different. And there were these small little cracks and small little fractures and we didn’t do the right thing and we didn’t repair them the way we should have and address them the way we should have. I look back and I’m like, ‘How did that team not win one championship?’”
Excerpt from yesterday's Lowe Post podcast with J.J. Redick (https://t.co/5ckTv8Dmb5) pic.twitter.com/iBwvtBU8R5
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) September 18, 2019
The golden days of Clippers basketball began with the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin era in the early 2010s. Those Clippers teams that also featured DeAndre Jordan, Redick, and Jamal Crawford were legitimate championship contenders.
However, they failed to reach even the Western Conference Finals, though they came very close on two separate instances.
In 2014, the Clippers lost a heartbreaking six-game series to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round. In Game 5 of that series, with both teams knotted at two games apiece, the Clippers looked poised to take the series lead with a seven-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
However, the Thunder stormed back at the end of that game and ended up winning by one. Turnovers and miscues on the Clips’ part — and perhaps even a controversial call down the stretch — became the turning point of the series. OKC eventually closed out the Clippers in six games.
In 2015, after dispatching the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round, the Clippers infamously blew a 17-point lead in a closeout Game 6 at home against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets came back to win Game 6 thanks to Josh Smith’s and Corey Brewer’s heroics and eventually won the deciding Game 7 in Houston.
Those two were the ones that really got away for the Lob City Clippers.