Just like they’ve done all postseason, the Clippers have continued to defy expectations and surprise us. Do they have two more games like that left in them? Let’s find out.
When: Wednesday, June 30, 6 p.m. PT
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
How to watch/listen: ESPN
Opposing perspective: Bright Side of the Sun
Projected Starting Lineups
Clippers: Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr., Terance Mann, Patrick Beverley
Suns: Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Chris Paul
Clippers: Serge Ibaka (lower back), Kawhi Leonard (right knee) — OUT; Ivica Zubac (MCL Strain) — QUESTIONABLE
The Clippers visited Phoenix trailing the series, 3-1. With no Leonard or Zubac, many people wrote off LA and didn’t give them a chance to beat the Suns in Game 5. Well, they controlled majority of the game and escaped Phoenix with a pretty convincing game.
Now, LA heads home to Staples Center with a chance to send this series to a deciding seventh game. I’ve said this in nearly every article, but this series very well could have already been over. Both Game 2 and Game 4 (Hell, even Game 1) were all very winnable games for the Clippers. Had they taken any of those, they’d be up 3-2. Or, they could have already won this series.
Although they’ve been without one of the best players in the world, the Clippers have been very competitive all series and have shown they’re more than capable of hanging around with this Suns team.
George was fantastic last game, and has been pretty fantastic during this entire playoff run. He’s tired. The whole team is tired. But he knows he has to put this team on his back if they want to have a shot at winning and advancing. All series, different players have stepped up for the Clippers when needed and I expect that to continue tonight.
Tonight is do-or-die for the Clippers. They’ll be without Leonard yet again and Zubac will likely be out as well. But for them, all they have to do is win one game. Win tonight and worry about Friday tomorrow. All the Clippers have to do is win a home game, something they’ve done a lot of all season.
Tonight is going to be a great game. Hopefully for the Clippers, it isn’t their last. Just make it to a Game 7, where truly anything can happen.