Patrick Patterson reacts to Clippers’ blown 3-1 lead to Nuggets
Patterson said the time for excuses has passed, and the team simply needs to own up to its failures.
No More Excuses #ownit
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) September 16, 2020
There seemed to a number of excuses after the Clippers lost Game 7 on Tuesday.
Marc Spears of The Undefeated reported a number of Clippers players had a hard time playing longer than three-minute spurts.
Several Clippers were so fatigued during Game 7 against Denver that they struggled to play stints longer than three minutes and asked out of the game for a breather in the fourth quarter, sources told @TheUndefeated.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 16, 2020
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers seemed to address it in postgame:
“I was never comfortable. Never was. Conditioning wise we had guys who couldn’t play minutes,” Rivers shared, via Spears.
Jovan Buha and Sam Amick of The Athletic first reported some of the internal issues L.A. was grappling with back in January. Apparently, these issues resurfaced in Game 2 against the Nuggets when Montrezl Harrell reportedly got into it with Paul George.
There is plenty of noise surrounding L.A.’s failure to close. The Clippers were expected to make the Western Conference Finals, if not win the NBA championship. Unfortunately, they lost multiple double-digit leads in the final three games of the series — with the Paul George-Kawhi Leonard duo even going scoreless in the fourth quarter of Game 7.
Patrick Patterson is hardly a pivotal rotation player. He logged under 10 minutes in two playoff games. However, the Clippers might want to heed his “Own It” mantra as they look to turn the page.