Clippers Stay Alive To Fight Another Day, Force Game 7

by Adam Smith

Hopefully you’re in the mood for more of the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, because that’s exactly what’s on the menu. Trailing the Spurs 3-2 and facing the prospect of their second first-round exit in three years, the Clippers pushed back in Game 6 Thursday night, grinding their way toward a 102-96 victory and surviving long enough to stage another fight.

We just don’t know which of these two teams has the edge for that fight. Game 6 offered no definitive clarity. Neither the Clippers nor Spurs led by more than 10 points, and the outcome remained in doubt until the very end. It was a head-to-head battle reminiscent of Game 2. And Game 4. And Game 5. The Clippers kept trying to put the Spurs away, but they wouldn’t go quietly. Concurrently, the Spurs repeatedly tried clawing their way back, only to be thwarted by a momentum-seizing shot by Chris Paul, J.J. Redick or Blake Griffin.

his, for the record, doesn’t do us any good when looking at Game 7. Part of you should want to roll with the Clippers. They’re working off a victory, and recency bias is real. You should want to believe the momentum is shifting in their favor. Griffin went for 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, a stat line only four others have posted during a playoff game since 1986: Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal and Ralph Sampson. That has to count for something.

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