First time Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, and Nets have not made playoffs since 1976
With the L.A. Clippers’ 134-115 blowout loss on Saturday afternoon at the hands of the surging Denver Nuggets, they were officially eliminated from the wild Western Conference playoff race.
Additionally, according to a Reddit thread on Saturday started by user clockairdown, something was officially done today that hadn’t happened with the NBA’s two largest markets since 1976: neither the Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, or Brooklyn Nets are going to play in the postseason.
“With the Clippers playoff elimination today, this marks the first time since 1976 that a Los Angeles or New York team hasn’t made the playoffs,” the user said.
That is a pretty astonishing statistic, to say the least, as the Clippers have been the ones keeping that streak alive over the past few seasons and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
After their disheartening loss today at Staples Center, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said that he was still extremely proud of the way his team fought all season.
Coach Doc Rivers (@DocRivers) expresses how proud he is of this LA #Clippers team for the unbelievable fight and grit they've shown from the best, experienced players all the way to the rookies (2/2) pic.twitter.com/Vjm6XrU6PP
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 7, 2018
Which one of those four teams within the Los Angeles and New York markets has the biggest upside heading into the 2018-19 season? One thing that they have in common was the injury bug bit them all pretty hard this year.