NBA legend Reggie Miller has minimized the argument that the Clippers’ lack of chemistry was a major factor for them to lose the way they lost against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the postseason. They blew a 3-1 advantage over Denver and collapsed in Game 7 of the series, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George having terrible games.
After the game and the series was over, George and Lou Williams pointed out at the same problem, the lack of chemistry on the roster.
“First year together … we can’t even say we want to change our roster; we like what we got,” George said. “We’ve been saying it all year: just chemistry, being together. The more we’re together, the better we will be. It’s year one, year one. We’ve got a lot to reflect on.”
“We came up short. We did have championship expectations. We had the talent to do it. I don’t think we had the chemistry to do it and it showed,” Williams added. “We had lapses on defense and on offense. I think guys have played in systems where they were expecting guys to be in certain spots offensively. A lot of different guys made adjustments. It showed. But at the end of the day we were up 3-1 … we should have closed this deal out. You give credit to Denver. We take our lumps and keep moving.”
Well, that is not a good argument for Reggie Miller, who compared the Clippers to their city neighbors Lakers and how they went through a similar process and are now in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 10 years.
“You can’t tell me it was all about chemistry. Their cross-town rival has a brand-new coach in Frank Vogel. They’ve got, what, 6-7 new players as well? Avery Bradley is not even in the bubble? … So everyone’s dealing with chemistry in the restart,” Miller said, via Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.
He’s not wrong with his take. The Lakers brought in Frank Vogel last summer, they shipped several players to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis, had to sign other players and even replace injured men. The Lakers have done just fine so far, making it to the WCF, looking like the biggest favorites to win it all this year after the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks fell short to the expectations.
The Clippers have to figure things out now. It was no secret that they were favorites to win the championship this year and at least not making it to the WCF it’s a failure for them.