Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, the LA Clippers were one of the favorites to make it to the NBA Finals. Well, that won’t happen as the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in seven.
After the Clippers’ Game 7 loss, Damian Lillard didn’t waste any time reaching out to Patrick Beverly on social media.
The 2019-20 LA Clippers were filled with talent
Looking at the Clippers’ roster, there was no doubt that they could make a deep push in the playoffs. When Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joined the team, that instantly made the Clippers a contender. For so long throughout NBA history, the Clippers were one of the worst teams in the league. Over the last few years, the culture of the team started to change. They no longer looked like the worst team in the league. But it seemed like the team was still missing something.
Bringing in a player like Leonard brought that championship experience to the team they needed and George seemed liked the perfect No. 2 man for Leonard. You add those two players to the team, and then the Clippers already had players like Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, and Montrezl Harrell, who were tough players that were going to get the job done. Not to mention the addition of Marcus Morris, who provided that scoring as well. It was starting to look like the Clippers had everything they needed to go out and win a championship. They just had to put it all on the court.
The Clippers finished the regular season with a record of 49-23 and went into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. Leonard led the team in scoring during the regular season averaging 27.1 points, and George was second on the team as he averaged 21.5 points. Harrell was a big help off the bench averaging 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and Williams was consistent off the bench as he averaged 18.2 points. The Clippers were ready to make some noise in the playoffs.
The LA Clippers shocked the NBA world losing to the Denver Nuggets
In the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers took on the Dallas Mavericks, who had the talented Luka Doncic on their team. The Clippers were able to withstand all that the Mavericks brought to them and won the series 4-2. Leonard had a big performance during the series as he averaged 32.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. The Clippers did what they had to do in the first round, and it was on to the second round against the Nuggets.
LA took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nuggets. It looked as though the Clippers were going to advance to their first Conference Finals in franchise history. But the Nuggets were not going to go away easily. Denver went on to win two straight to force a Game 7, and it was a series now. All eyes were on Game 7 to see who would face the Lakers. The Clippers’ two star players did not show up in the biggest game as the Nuggets went on to shock the Clippers and win 104-89 to take the series.
Damian Lillard had some words for Patrick Beverly on Twitter
When the Clippers lost, social media was in a frenzy. Many people were in awe that the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead. One NBA player had some words for Clippers guard Patrick Beverly. During the NBA bubble, the Portland Trail Blazers took on the Clippers, and it was a close game toward the end of the fourth quarter. Lillard was at the free-throw line, and he missed a free throw. When he missed, Beverly was on the bench celebrating like the game was already over.
Now Lillard got a chance to fire back at Beverly. In a tweet Lillard said, “@patbev21 I guess I should extend this Cancun invite since I haven’t made my arrangements yet.” Lillard did not waste any time after the game was over, and his tweet received a lot of attention from people. Beverly had nothing to say when Lillard sent that tweet out, and it looked as though Lillard had the last laugh.