Chris Paul: Game 3 Collapse ‘Devastating’
For those who believe in cosmic order, the San Antonio Spurs’ 96-86 comeback win over the Los Angeles Clippers provided a bold confirmation.
At some point, prosperity will be balanced by misfortune, bad will even out good and a team like the Clippers that roared back from 27 points down in their first-round series will inevitably have to answer to universal payback.
Up 24 points three minutes into the second quarter of Game 3 against San Antonio on Saturday afternoon, the Clippers coughed up the lead as the Spurs roared back and went ahead before the midway point of the third quarter.
Chris Paul called the collapse “devastating.” Blake Griffin said the loss hurt every bit as bad as the Clippers’ historic Game 1 rally in Memphis felt good.
“To be up that much early,” Griffin said. “They’re too good of a team to just kind of lay back and take a loss like that. They lock you down. In the second half — especially the third quarter — we did a poor job of responding.”