It had been a closeout game in the prior two games as well. Harrell scored 6 and 5 points in those games, Williams scored 4 and 14, and Beverley scored 10 and 2. Meanwhile Kawhi scored 36 and 25, and George scored 26 and 33.
Point of clarification, in the closeout game Beverly, Williams, and Harrell had 11 points in the 4th quarter in about 25 minutes, in 21 minutes George and Leonard didn't score a single point and were a combined 0 of 11. Leonard and George were 2 of 7 for 5 points in 23 minutes in the 3rd quarter of that game. So in the 2nd half of a closeout game, the two "stars" were 2 of 18 for 5 points in around 44 minutes (they were each -20 in a game they lost by 15). That sort of production doesn't deserve special treatment.
Clippers vets (Beverly, Lou Wiliams and Harrell) were reported not happy the way Leonard was treated with his “load management”.. just saw this on yahoo..saying he went home many a times to San Diego, miss flights, etc.. if I was a player, I would be upset also..probably one reason why Doc bolted
They definitely didn't seem like a happy team. Then again Lou Will and Harrell went MIA in the playoffs, they should look closer to home first.
So in the prior two closeout games the two stars had absolutely lit it up, meanwhile two 6MOTY winners failed to combine for more than 10 points in one game and more than 19 in the next. If Lou Williams and Harrell even score half of their season averages in game 5 the Clippers win 4-1
Not in the 2nd half as the Clippers were blowing massive leads. I mean in Game 6, Beverly played 35 seconds in the 4th quarter and Harrell was about 4.5. Lou played about 9 minutes, but was 2 for 2. Meanwhile, George and Leonard, did combine for 15 points but were just 4 of 12 in the 4th quarter and in the 3rd quarter when the lead first started to slip away George and Leonard were 2 of 9 for 12 points (while the 3 lesser players played barely over 12 minutes combined, though were 1 of 5 for just 2 points).
Game 5 Kawhi was pretty darn good scoring in the 2nd half with 22 points though it was on 6 of 14 shooting, but George was just 4 of 12 for 13 points. Harrell was 2 of 5 in the 2nd half, Williams was 0 for 3 while Beverly didn't get a shot.
Frankly, Leonard and George weren't very good in the 4th quarters of the 1st four games either. Game 1 in the blowout win George was 0-1 in 5.5 minutes and Leonard didn't play - Game 2 Leonard was 0 of 3 with 0 points, George was 3 of 8 - Game 3 Leonard was 1 of 7, George was 1 of 2 - Game 4 they were both 2 of 4. So two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in the 4th quarter of that series was 9 of 33 shooting the ball. You aren't going to win many playoff series when your best player shoots 27% in the 4th quarter.
The simple reality is the Clippers two stars choked away the series with awful play in the 4th quarter all series long, but especially the last two games. You win and lose by how well your stars play, and the Clippers stars were terrible in the 4th quarter of that series.