The Clippers are exactly what people expected the Lakers to be this postseason
-If their best player doesn’t go off they lose the game, if he goes to the bench they blow the lead
-Their second option has been inconsistent
-Their role players are just there to make boneheaded plays and be liabilities (exactly what the Meme team was expected to be)
If the Clippers make it to the WCF(which I honestly am having doubts, the Nuggets straight up look like a superior team) they’re not going to have any chance against the Lakers
[–]Lakers sharkhuh 10 指標 12小時前
Everyone kept saying "Clippers are just coasting, they'll turn it on in the playoffs", and I think the Clippers started believing it too without proving it first.
[–]trimble197 847 指標 14小時前
Not to mention that the Clippers have had drama before and during the bubble. The Lakers haven’t had any headcases at all this season, and that’s despite them having Dwight, JR, and Waiters.
[–]redracer67 639 指標 14小時前
LeBron keeping them in check. Vogel is also a good coach, he did a great job with the pacers
[–]trimble197 281 指標 14小時前
Yep. People were adamant that Kidd was gonna backstab him, but both seem to be able to cope well together.
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant Goffeth 313 指標 13小時前
I think a lot of people forgot Kidd was even a coach, that's how silent it's been.
[–]Lakers CamronCakebroman 44 指標 10小時前
For good reason.
They truly wanna be able to say they won it for Kobe. That’s an incredibly special, but mostly important, reason to win these finals.
[–]Spurs siphillis 118 指標 14小時前
Lakers had drama, but they worked through it. Clippers seem like a group that lets things fester under the surface. Do Leonard and George really seem like team mediators?
[–]CoolNamewxxc3 51 指標 13小時前
There’s no drama in Lakers this whole season
[–]NBA p2datrizzle 208 指標 10小時前
That's not true, I heard there was a love triangle between Rihanna and Lebron and Caruso. Caruso won in the end but didnt want to embarass Lebron so he broke it off with Rihanna to maintain team chemistry.
[–]Lakers kultureisrandy 43 指標 9小時前
a true teammate
[–]Lakers chad12341296 395 指標 15小時前
I remember all the “if Lakers make the WCF” in response to the Clippers vs Lakers potential matchup
[–]Sixers Bandwagon Inmyheaditsoundedok 261 指標 15小時前
6 seed lakers predictions
[–]Cavaliers Jetzu 225 指標 14小時前
That was so dumb, fucking "young core" Lakers were 5th seed last season before LeBron went down, how did people think they'd get worse by adding AD?
[–]Lakers immigrantsheep 37 指標 15小時前
tbh even they look like trash against the nuggets, the clippers have always played so much better against the lakers. then again it seems the lakers are playing so much better right now since Kuz started playing defense and Morris turned out to be the second coming of Steph Curry.
[–]Spurs lysergikfuneral87 102 指標 14小時前
The lakers role players have way way more championship and post season experience than the clippers. Rondo, Danny green and Mcgee have all won nba titles and Howard was the best player on a team that went to the finals and had deep playoff runs.
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook Shuggy_99 653 指標 15小時前*
Put some respect on Nuggets names. At this point I'm rooting for the Lakers to take it all but the highlight of this season would be watching the Clips lose to the Nuggets
[–]Lakers deeplovenoweb 418 指標 14小時前
As a Lakers fan, the Clippers choking in the semis would be more satisfying to me than the Lakers sweeping them in the Western finals.
[–]Celtics CreatiScope 214 指標 13小時前
Stop, I don’t want to agree with you...
But I’m smiling from ear to ear at the prospect of the clippers getting knocked out!
[–]Suns Fallofmen10 290 指標 13小時前
Clippers are so hated it's bringing Lakers and Celtics fans together.
[–][NYK] Jimmer Fredette Just-FYI 47 指標 13小時前
I want the Nuggets to shock the world and win it all.
Jamal Murray was one of the picks NYK sent to DEN for Melo, so I feel like the Knicks contributed–in their own special way–to this sweet Denver team.
[–]Lakers akinator2002 223 指標 15小時前
Kawhi + PG got 120 points between them these past 2 games. The rest of the team is underperforming like crazy
[–]76ers Los_Ingobernablez 93 指標 13小時前
They lost all that heart they had last year. It's like they're just expecting Kawhi and PG to take them to a ring because of how hard they battled the Warriors last year lol
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant nini1423 108 指標 14小時前
Remember how "deep" they were supposed to be?
[–]NBA Mithridates12 40 指標 13小時前
Is there a lack of leadership, though, be it from the star players or the coach? I know Lebron has his own style and some things you can definitely criticize, but his teams often outperformed what they should be capable of on paper. A lack of intensity, not just in one or two games, but as a recurring problem sounds like the mindset within the team isn't right.
[–]Thunder HPK_OKC 9 指標 8小時前
Well part of the problem is that Kawhi is used to being the best player but not being the team leader.
[–]rifa24 557 指標 15小時前
Lakers role players heating up at the right time, clippers folding at the exact wrong time.
[–]Rockets Nameless913 18 指標 7小時前
Ugh, don't traumatize me. Everytime we went on some sort of run one of the Laker's roleplayers would hit a three.
[–]Reign Man616 80 指標 12小時前
It’s crazy that Markief is now the calm Morris brother
[–]trimble197 34 指標 12小時前
Though Markief started to show shades of his brother last night if Rondo’s brother didn’t take the spotlight lol.
[–][HOU] Kyle Lowry inshamblesx 586 指標 15小時前
Would have been a first round exit if KP was healthy
[–][LAL] Brandon Ingram MasterOberon 11 指標 13小時前
At worst, they escaped playing a 7 game series. Heavy load for Kawhi
[–]Rockets Bandwagon CheekyFifaCunt_7 1842 指標 15小時前
Kawhi should've stayed on the raptors lmao
[–][BOS] Stephon Marbury 1000000thSubscriber 1080 指標 15小時前
He didn't go to LA to win a chip lol
[–]Lakers gib-an-go 1557 指標 15小時前
Plot twist: it was Kawhi who wanted to make movies
[–]Lakers AnthonyDavos 64 指標 15小時前
I think his main purpose was to play with PG
[–]aulixindragonz34 41 指標 13小時前
PG was one of his last choice. He even contacted durant first but durant declined his offer
[–]evilyellowteletubby 34 指標 10小時前
Smart of Durant tbh. Can you imagine how much shit Durant would have gotten if he joined Kawhi
[–]Lakers Donaldtrumpet6543 141 指標 13小時前
4th choice, he inquired about kd, Kyrie and Butler
[–]The_Talking_Cheese 114 指標 12小時前
Dang Jimmy and Kawhi would be a fun duo.
[–]Raptors Xelisyalias 18 指標 11小時前
I feel like their personalities would be a perfect match
[–]sersleepsalot1 82 指標 10小時前
The best result Kawhi could've gotten. Butler is a real leader and the whole burden wouldn't weigh on Kawhi. That team would be tough to beat.
[–]Lakers davensdad 189 指標 15小時前
I don't understand. Straight up left a potential dynasty. And gave up the opportunity to form a dynasty with LeBron and AD.
[–]Lakers Curlybrac 91 指標 15小時前
Kawhi is a top 5 player but he's one wierd dude.
[–]Lakers jtn1123 131 指標 15小時前
i don't know if toronto would be a dynasty in my eyes but they definitely would have very safe paths to the finals each year
as boston improves maybe this will be less and less accurate but yeah that's my personal belief
[–]Spurs siphillis 153 指標 14小時前
Easily a 60-win team and close out Boston if they had Kawhi as their go-to guy over Siakam.
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant Goffeth 48 指標 14小時前
"But it's cold up there" -Kawhi
[–]Raptors WiseguyD 140 指標 14小時前*
Kawhi didn't go to LA to win a chip, he went to live near his family.
We can all pontificate about whether the Raptors would do better than the Clippers (the Kawhi-PG Clips are still incredibly formidable), but the fact is the Raptors' supporting cast is just better, especially in the back-court, even if PG is better than Siakam.
[–]Raptors sadrapsfan 115 指標 14小時前
Realistically, we are in the finals if he stayed. The team is fine but raps biggest need and what cost us is we have no shot creator.or closer.
Him staying would make us favs vs Lakers IMO. Tho I will never blame him, he wanted to go home, it's pretty clear and his team is still a legit contender. He got both his wishes
[–]Knicks NovaKash 62 指標 12小時前
Eh, I wouldn't say favs, but I also wouldn't call it an upset if a Kawhi-led Raptors team beat the Lakers. The contrast between Lebron backdoor sweeping a Rockets team with two MVPs and Kawhi struggling twice now to close out the fucking Nuggets despite having 15+ point lead in the third quarter should put to rest the argument that Kawhi is actually the best player in the league. Until Lebron actually stops being the best player in the league, I refuse to bet against him.
[–]Lakers StoneColdAM 131 指標 14小時前
Even I’m shocked as a Lakers fan. If Clippers are bounced in round 2, Kawhi will make Jerry West trade PG for Giannis or something.
[–]Raptors rambull2000 23 指標 14小時前
kawhi and pg are performing the same this series. they’re not the problem, lack of intensity after getting leads is. both of them are settling for crappy jumpers when shit is getting tough
[–]Raptors Pixilatedlemon 80 指標 14小時前
I wouldn’t have been salty about kawhi leaving if he hadn’t been so goddamn weird about it. Like you wanna go to another team, fine, but don’t lead on a bunch of teams to try to assemble some “super team”.
[–]anbsmxms 93 指標 15小時前
They also aplauded what kawhi did in free agency. Scheming behind teams, tampering with pg, holding up lakers as if he is a genius. When lebron does that they wiĺl paint him a villain.
[–]Sullan08 79 指標 9小時前
Dude's been shady as shit for 2 years and a lot of people don't talk about it just cuz he's quiet. Didn't he lead on the Lakers long enough to kinda fuck them from signing other players? I mean, it's smart don't get me wrong, but also kinda shitty.
[–]Mavericks Anansispider 199 指標 15小時前
All year people were making excuses for the Clippers based on some wild ass recency bias. Kawhi especially.
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant Goffeth 75 指標 14小時前
Everyone kept saying their team was never fully together, but when they are they'll dominate.
Sounds like another one of Doc Rivers' teams....
[–]Lakers BritzlBen 48 指標 10小時前
Clippers are UNDEFEATED with everyone healthy.
All those losses with Rodney McGruder hurt don't count, how can you expect them to win without Rodney McGruder?
[–]Lakers jtn1123 140 指標 15小時前
i love kawhi but all the kawhi is an all time great based on 1 playoff run
he will be an all time great of course, but he isn't in the same stratosphere as kobe and bron yet lol
[–]Warriors BlankVoid2979 105 指標 15小時前
LeBron elevates his teammates and if he doesnt score he can still playmake, kawhi cant do that so when he's off he's useless. Thats why LeBron is wayy better than him.
[–][LAL] Jerry West deathinmidjuly 80 指標 15小時前
I wouldn't call him useless, he still brings an absolute defensive force to the game
[–]Warriors BlankVoid2979 35 指標 15小時前
Lebron can do that better than him tho cuz LeBron is a way better rim protector and help defender, he's better at reading defenses too. They're really not even comparable.
[–]Raptors DavidKirk2000 21 指標 15小時前
You’re a Warriors fan, aren’t you? Kawhi wasn’t particularly great in multiple Finals games last year, including the closeout game six, and the Raptors still won. This is more of a Clippers issue than a Kawhi issue.