Obviously there's a massive amount of frustration for citizens of Clips Nation over watching the Los Angeles Clippers fall behind 3-2 in their best of seven series against the San Antonio Spurs. Especially considering the veritable mountain of bad calls and bad luck that seem to confront the Clippers at every turn.
But people seem to be forgetting one thing: the series isn't over yet.
Do the Spurs have the advantage? Well, history certainly tells us that they do. Over 85% of the time the team that is ahead 3-2 in a series goes on to win that series. But the Clippers have an advantage as well -- they're the better team. And what we don't know about that 85% statistic is how many it was the better team behind. One might imagine that it's a pretty significant factor.
Why am I so certain that the Clippers are better? Well, because I've watched the series. And the simple fact is that had the Clippers gotten a break or to, this series would already be over, with the Clippers preparing to face the Houston Rockets. The way I see it, over the course of five games, the Clippers have won two, the Spurs have won one, and there have been two coin tosses -- both of which randomly came up Spurs.
Now people are going to say that you make your own luck, that the Spurs veteran savvy is the reason they won the game. To which I say, give me a break. Did the Spurs veteran savvy cause DeAndre Jordan to lightly brush and thus nullify a go ahead basket with under five seconds remaining? Or maybe people will say that Blake Griffin isn't ready for the big stage and his mistakes cost the Clippers games two and five -- ignoring the good things he did to put the Clippers into a position to win, including, I might add, three assists, two points and the game-winning basket in the final five minutes (clearly it's not his fault that the game-winning basket didn't count).
The amazing thing about Game 5 is that the Clippers would have won fairly easily had they had merely a bad night shooting the three ball as opposed to the worst night of the Blake Griffin era. The Clippers were among the league leaders in makes and percentage this season. Their 1-14 performance in Game 5 wass an insurmountable handicap -- that they somehow surmounted to put themselves in position to win.
Do the Clippers have a difficult task in front of them against the defending champs? Absolutely. But if they're the better team, which I believe they are, then why would anyone count them out?