It's Thursday, and I'm sure everyone is still recovering from that disappointing loss. But as always, it's time to take a peak back in time, and revisit some great stories of the Clippers past. First, the TWiCH records:
And now, the 5 TWiCH stories of the week that was:
In a playoff series that saw Bob McAdoo score 50 points in a game 4 victory, the Braves and Bullets battled to a 7th game in Washington. The Braves would come out slow, scoring only 13 points in the first quarter, and the Bullets would take advantage, beating the Braves 115-96. McAdoo would score 36 points, but have little help from his teammates, with only 2 other Braves players scoring over 10 points (Randy Smith 17, Jim McMillian 12).
The 1988 rebounding race between Michael Cage of the Clippers and Charles Oakley of the Chicago Bulls, came down to the final game of the season. Cage would need 28 (or 29, according to the LA Times) rebounds or more to surpass Charles Oakley for most rebounds per game. Oakley, having played more games, would finish with the most total rebounds, 1066 and averaging an even 13 rebounds per game, but Michael Cage would beat him out for per game average, with 13.027. Cage would bolt for Seattle in the off season, but would never match his rebounding success he had with the Clippers.
The 1994 NBA scoring title, just like the 1988 rebounding title, came down to the final game of the NBA season, between Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson. Robinson entered the final game of the season against the Clippers at the Sports Arena trailing O'Neal by 33 points. Not only did Robinson score the needed 33 points, he more than doubled it, scoring 71 points against the helpless Clippers.
Corey Maggette was one of the key Clippers of the 2000's. He was one of the young Clippers that was resigned by the club when his rookie contract expired (by way of matching the contract he signed with the Utah Jazz as a restricted free agent in 2003). He was also a key contributor in the Clippers 2006 playoff run. He had a strong finish to the 2006-07 season, which had the Clippers front office hoping they could resign him in the off season. Clippers fans were split on their approval.
Some fans felt that he was a black hole, taking shots whenever he got the chance, or holding the ball too long, stalling the offense. Others felt like he was undervalued, and that the Clippers wouldn't be able to get much more for the money being payed to Maggette.
Eventually, Maggette would sign in the off-season with the Golden State Warriors, getting a 5 year deal worth about $50 million. The Clippers would replace him with rookie Al Thornton, a Maggette clone, who was nowhere near as good.
2013 & 2014
Lakers fans were upset when, during the 2013 & 2014 NBA playoffs, statues of Lakers greats such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Jerry West, and Chick Hearn, were decorated with red, white, and blue balloons.
Lakers fans would take to twitter to show their disapproval, and some, in what seems like the ultimate Lakers fan answer, would comment about "16 banners", in reference to their winning history
Clippers hang balloons on Laker Statues. Lakers hang 16 banners at Clipper playoff games. #LowClassRoommates— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 21, 2013
Hanging red and white balloons over a magic Johnson statue is disrespectful clippers fans better sleep wit one eye open— Tiny Big E (@TinyBigE) April 22, 2014
Hanging Clippers balloons off of the Magic Johnson statue? Classless. Build a Danny Manning statue and hang balloons off of that.— Justin (@Scotchoholic) April 22, 2014
Well there you have it ClipsNation, This Week in Clippers History. Hope you enjoyed. Be sure to check back next Thursday for more #TWiCH. As always, I leave you with a song. What better way to leave you than a song about balloons, in honor of all the crying over freaking balloons! I give you:
Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons