On Friday night, in their 51st season of existence, the ugly frogs of the NBA finally were kissed by the goddesses of victory. The Los Angeles Clippers are in the Western Conference finals.
A franchise that seemingly has been cursed for most of its existence underwent a transformation in Friday's playoff series victory over the Utah Jazz.
“Let’s Go Clip-pers! Let’s Go Clip-pers!”With 2:16 remaining in the period, George went to the free-throw line, eliciting a chant from the crowd in this building previously reserved for the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.Advertisement“M-V-P! M-V-P!”
By the time Jackson drained a corner three-pointer with 1:42 left in the quarter, there was complete bedlam in the stands.There were no words, just a deafening roar.Victory was inevitable, just as painful defeats of the past were.AdvertisementClippers fans celebrate the team’s 131-119 comeback victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on Friday.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)A three-pointer by Nicolas Batum in the opening minute of the fourth quarter tied the game, 94-94.Less than a minute later, Jackson drove to the basket and moved the Clippers in front, 96-95.Another three-pointer by Batum, this one with less than nine minutes to play, extended the Clippers’ lead to 107-100. The visitors called a timeout. headtopics.com
AdvertisementBy this time, the entire arena was on its feet. Wearing the promotional blue shirts they found on their seats, fans exchanged high-fives with their neighbors. Team consultant Jerry West, who calmly watched the game from a folding chair in a corner of the floor level, stood up. A nearby fan extended a fist in his direction. West balled up his hand and touched knuckles with him.
Clippers fans cheer on the team during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz on Friday.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)History was about to be made.A team that was subjected to a steady and continuous stream of embarrassments under Donald Sterling was about to make the breakthrough envisioned by the considerably more ambitious Steve Ballmer.
AdvertisementGenerations of Angelenos laughed at the Clippers’ repeated failures. The team’s small but loyal band of followers suffered in anonymity.All this was about to change.What the Clippers did marked an unprecedented step for the franchise. How they did it marked a transformation in their culture.
The untimely knee injury suffered by Leonard was entirely in line with the team’s cursed tradition. How the Clippers responded wasn’t.Advertisement×Highlights from the Clippers’ 131-119 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. headtopics.com
They became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 2-0 deficit twice in one postseason. They were resilient. They were unbreakable.Which is why George, Jackson and Mann were able to do what Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan never could.Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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Putrid journalism 'Ugly frogs' implies the rest of the NBA are handsome frogs? Delete this headline what a horrible headline
Postal Service to deliver mail Friday and Saturday, despite new Juneteenth federal holidayMail delivery will go on as scheduled on Friday and Saturday even though Friday is a federal holiday under a new law signed Thursday by President Joe Biden.
Joe Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday; What’s Open And Closed On FridayPresident Joe Biden signed a bill that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday, with plans for the government workforce to observe the new holiday on Friday. The event was carried on cable news and broa… Let's be clear Juneteenth celebrates the Union army arriving in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation which was signed two years earlier. Texas decided to be Texas and not comply until the Union Army arrived.
What's on TV Friday: 'Great Performances at the Met' on PBS; 'Charmed,' 'Dynasty' on The CWWhat to watch Friday, June 18: 'Great Performances at the Met' on PBS; 'Charmed' and 'Dynasty' on The CW; 'Juneteenth: Together We Triumph' on ABC SmackDown! Hell in a Cell match tonight on free TV! FoxTV. Will you ever bring the paper back to what it was before the pandemic? I.e. TV grid in the paper every day Dynasty
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New national holiday sets off scramble to shut down governments nationwide FridayStates across the country have scrambled to close their government offices Friday after President Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday Oh it’s CNN the black news only station. As of today I’m switching from the Democratic to the republican party. I’m tired of 12% of population thinking they should have everything I'm guessing that about 99.9% of those government employees couldn't give a crap about the issues surrounding Juneteenth. To them it's just another of their excessive paid days off. Like the federal government needs another day off.