The Denver Nuggets shocked the NBA community last night, winning game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers, returning from a 3-1 deficit for the second time in the playoffs. In fact, you could say the Nuggets blew out the Clippers, especially in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers couldn’t make a shot to save their lives. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard had the worst game so far in the playoffs, shooting 10/38 from the field, and those were the points the Clippers desperately needed.
There was a lot of conversation about the most likely scenario in the western conference, a finals series between the Lakers and Clippers. However, it was evident something is not right with the Clippers, who often didn’t play great team basketball and relied on their individual quality. The Nuggets did the complete opposite, and it worked.
Kendrick Perkins made a guest appearance on the ‘Get Up’ show where he commented on the Clippers’ loss, saying it’s the greatest upset in NBA history. It’s hard to debate if that is actually true, but it’s definitely up there with some other prominent comebacks. According to Perkins, excuses like the lack of chemistry are not valid, and that the Nuggets outplayed them in every possible way.
They were horrible on the defensive end. The Denver Nuggets flat out outplayed them, and they had the ultimate confidence. This is one of the greatest upsets in NBA history. There is no way around it. I don’t want to hear anything about chemistry problems. This team was built to win a championship.Kendrick Perkins, via Get Up
When Kawhi and George joined the existing core of players, there was already a notion a championship is well within their reach. The Clippers were recently portrayed as a somewhat arrogant team from the media, especially when the playoff started. Still, it evidently came back to haunt them in this series that they should have ended a week ago.
Everybody said Clippers got these dogs. Guess what, they do a lot of barking but no biting.Kendrick Perkins, via Get Up
The team will have to do a bit of soul-searching before the next season starts, and Doc Rivers will need to step up big time if he wants to keep his job. They don’t need to make significant changes to the roster, but if they decide to make some trades, they will depend on how they start in the upcoming season. It’s still too early to say what will happen, but as Perkins mentioned, they will need to let go of their egos and start playing like a team.