Sedale Threatt wrote:Slava wrote:The sweet schadenfreude bathing over me is exquisite right now.
It's more entertaining than I thought it could be, and I thought it could be pretty great.
Even as the piss started running down their legs in the fourth, I STILL thought they were going to turn it around. They obviously never had that consistency all season, but I didn't think it was possible that they could fall apart that badly. Up 3-1, with double-digit leads in each of the last three games ... one of the most stunning collapses in NBA history.
I've never, ever been a "fire the coach" guy. To me it always has been and always will be a players league. Shut up and perform. But even with Kawhi and George playing so poorly, I put so much blame on Rivers. He whines and makes sooooo many excuses, beyond just trying to game the officials like Phil used to, and I think that filters down to your players.
It reminds me so much of how we'd completely fold the first time we'd get punched in the mouth under Delicate Harris. Obviously Kobe being ready to ascend was an enormous factor, but the difference in mental toughness between those teams and Phil's was night and day. Again, personnel was different, but we went from getting routinely swept to winning rings.
I guess you can point to those Celtics teams, who were super tough. But looking back on that I'd give most of the credit to KG and Pierce. Doc's been eating off that success for a long, long time now. The problem is, I don't know who else they could really get that stands out. But if I was a Clippers fan, I'd want him gone yesterday.
All bubble long it was obnoxious watching Beverley who wasn't even playing draped over the side board trolling opponents. All season long they were acting like the defending champs because they had the finals MVP and somehow they were all taller in his shadow. It's so lovely to have it play out the way it did when they realized they were infact chickens rather than wolves.
I agree about Rivers, infact that entire celtics 2008 team has lived a decade and more off of that one championship.
Clippers have a ready made replacement in Lue as well.