Thank you, Lob City, for getting me fully prepared to handle this kind of moment.
Confidence and momentum are real things. Props to Denver, they kept fighting (why wouldn't they?), but this was mostly on us. Door was left wide open in the 4th for a comeback, but we were already packing our bags.
You don't lose two crucial games in a row in pretty much the same fashion without it having a huge mental impact. Then you look at the well rested Lakers team waiting in the next round and maybe you decide that checking out early might not be the worst thing.
Say what you will about soft superstars, poor role players and all that, but coaches do play a part in avoiding and getting out of such situations. Why exactly do they get paid millions and have a staff the size of an entire team?
You will never get a solid 30 minutes from Zu in the playoffs when you never bothered giving him more than 20 in the regular season. Couldn't try him out against Chicago or Atlanta in the 4th, but then you expect him to come up big against Denver.
All season long we gave away big leads like candy and our offensive system was suspect, plus various other issues. But we had Kawhi & PG, surely they could fix everything themselves by simply hitting shots. Coaching sure does seem easy.
Complaining constantly about Doc during the regular season is pointless and annoying, because his seat was always safe. But now it's not, and our FO better act fast. Let's finally move on from the players' coach to an actual coach. I do think he's very well equipped to handle issues that are bigger/different than basketball, hope he still gets to put those skills to good use.
See y'all next year and go Miami!