Have no fear Clippers fans. What you just saw tonight? That was nothing more than a gesture. A loss in a relatively meaningless, aside from the DeAndre drama, November game. A loss against an inferior opponent that stands no chance of being competition when the weather breaks and Spring rolls around. That loss, right there, was so much more than just a number in standings. That loss will help Mark Cuban finally sleep through the night. That loss will allow him to erase the text messages he's spent all summer staring intently at. That loss will help him get over a "relationship" that never really existed. The Clippers didn't just lose a basketball game tonight, they saved a man's life. A life that was so desperately wrapped up in an offensively limited center that had only withdrawn on a handshake agreement nearly 100 days ago. You can't win them all, so you might as well achieve something when you do happen to lose one. The Clippers were successful in initiating Mark Cuban's recovery process, and it's a good thing too, because it was starting to look like that may never happen.
So let the Dallas fans turn their boos to cheers, and clink their beers, because they need it more than we do. They were never a DeAndre Jordan short of being a great basketball team, and since they will probably never realize that, at least we gave them a reason, if just for one night, to be happy. Tomorrow we will wake up, the Clippers will still be title contenders, and the Mavericks will still likely be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. That's not to say they didn't deserve to win tonight. They did. But I can't help but think Los Angeles was complicit in helping them do so. A franchise can only take so much. We'll consider it a charitable donation. A couple dollars in the collection plate if you will. There is something to be said for acting selflessly. Sometimes you just got to walk into their room, turn the light on, pull the covers back, open the shades, slap them in the face, and remind them that everything is going to be okay. That's what the Clippers did tonight. They helped the Mavericks realize that they are stronger than one failed free agent signing. I got to say, losing definitely sucks, but there is something very fulfilling about this paying it forward business. If only they realized just what we did for them. Oh well, the true givers do so anonymously anyway...