In Hollywood there are certain cliches to live by, and the hero’s journey is one. Every great story has a beginning, rising action and finish but anyone aware of those three things who has watched the Clippers-Spurs series knows one thing has been missing: The middle. There just wasn’t much of a challenge all series and though Game 4 was the best of the whole thing, the ending was nothing shocking. The Spurs swept in four, winning 102-99, which makes them 29-2 in their last 31, which is filthier than an off-color joke by Donald Sterling. Chris Paul (23 points, 11 boards) was the unquestioned man to give the ball to late in every game this season, but his magic ran out when two drives in the last 30 seconds ended with him awkwardly hanging in the air, unable to find a teammate or a clear shot to the cup. The first was a bizarre reverse wrap-around kickout that went straight to a Spur. … Gregg Popovich gave a huge hug to Paul after the game and we’ve got to think he was telling him, “Great job/glad I don’t have to face you again.” Or maybe he was asking him how he hit that absurd shot off the top of the backboard that bounced three times. … Another problem was Paul couldn’t get after Tony Parker (17 points, five assists, six turnovers) on D late in the game with his legs gone. LAC went to Eric Bledsoe (17 points in 26 minutes), but Timmy D (21 points, nine boards) found TP on the block on a reverse high-lo dime. The next time down Randy Foye was game enough to try Parker, who lifted a teardrop floater from six feet to go up five. Twenty-eight dimes on 38 field goals is damn good but just par for San Antonio lately. … Blake Griffin (21 points, five boards) saw what worked for Haslem in the day’s first game and balled out after getting cut open, too. One of his teeth went through his upper lip off a hit from Manu Ginobili‘s shoulder, so he got some stitches. Then he cut into the San Antonio lead with a dunk and a jumper and set it up for a fourth quarter we actually wanted to watch in this series. … Speaking of the Clips’ bigs, did DeAndre Jordan get a clause in his new contract in the offseason that he doesn’t have to play in the last five minutes? … We’re out like Indiana’s home-court advantage.
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