RUMOR: Clippers blaming fatigue for struggles in Game 7 loss to Nuggets
Per Marc J. Spears, several Clippers players wanted to take a breather during the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Western Semis.
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
The Clippers shot at a horrendous 37.8 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from deep. In the fourth quarter, the Doc Rivers-coached squad was ice-cold from the field. Their first field goal of the fourth quarter came in at the 4:58-minute mark. By that time, the Nuggets were holding a comfy 13-point lead.
It’s a bit puzzling that the Clippers are the ones who are suffered fatigue in the series. After all, they booted out the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the first round. The Nuggets, meanwhile, endured a grueling first-round series against the Utah Jazz that extended to seven games. Note that the Nuggets’ victory over the Clippers marks their second consecutive 3-1 comeback.
Fans and analysts have been blaming the Clippers’ load management antics as the key reason for their defeat. According to them, if the team played more games together without their stars sitting out, then they would’ve developed that much-needed chemistry.
Be as it may, the Clippers failed to meet the expectations of most NBA fans of a Battle in LA in the Western Conference Finals. On the flip side of the coin, the Nuggets proved that they deserved to win and are a series away from the NBA Finals.
Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Nuggets and the Lakers will be on Friday.