"Oh my God! Steph is down! It looks BAD. Let's hope he's alright, but..The Clippers have a chance!!!"
I know people hate the Clippers and some probably think this is weird misplaced karma stemming from Blake Griffin going 'Wreck It Ralph' all over their trainer, but it's pretty tough not to feel bad for them here. It's one thing for a team like the Rockets that went into the playoffs knowing they had no chance. It's another for a team like the Clippers - who were getting healthy at the right time - to know that they could at least compete with a healthy Warriors team, find out Steph Curry would be out for at least half of the next round, and almost immediately get blasted back into obscurity with one strip of the ball. The Clippers went from a likely second round elimination, to a team that could legitimately win a championship, to a team whose roster is going to get completely decimated after losing in the first round - all in 24 hours.
In all likelihood we just saw the last of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan on the same team when we were just discussing whether or not they had what it took to hoist a Larry O'Brien Trophy together. In a really fucked up way the Clippers won the lottery and got robbed of the ticket on the way to cash it in. They basically snorted a line of blow and got a call about the death of their grandmother as soon as it started to kick in. I'm sure they didn't want to see Curry go down, but I'll be damned if their eyes didn't get a little bigger when he did. Talk about the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. One game later and Chris Paul is out for the rest of the playoffs with a broken hand, they just announced Blake Griffin is getting sat for the rest of the playoffs with the same injury he's been nursing all year, and the Clippers might as well pack up their bags and call it a season. Steph Curry's injury brought their hopes to the top of the mountain, and Chris Paul's injury kicked them off the cliff like King Leonidas. No team - no matter how despised - is deserving of a fate that excruciatingly bipolar.
P.S. If that doesn't make you feel sympathetic towards the Clippers then just think about how unbearably hard it has been to watch the NBA playoffs to this point. Okay ready..now take out two of the top 5 MVP candidates.