By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Greatest playoff comeback ever?
Ah, we’ll argue about it later. (And for the record, there is a huge difference between the “biggest” and “greatest” anything, so keep that in mind. More on this later …)
Greatest comeback in the Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise history?
No diggity, no doubt!
Down 16 in the fourth quarter, the Clippers unleashed the Mother’s Day comeback of the century. After watching them take punch after punch from the Thunder with their season on the line I offered up a simple question via Twitter …
The rest, as they say in Hollywood, is history!
24 – Oh, Metta. You’re going to miss an epic finish fella!
How is this clipper game looking. On a plane flying to Madagascar—
Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 11, 2014
And give them a few minutes, Sir!
Clippers haven't grasped that swagger should follow real accomplishment, not the reverse—
Mark Whicker (@MWhickerOCR) May 11, 2014
23 – No way the Thunder let up. No way. Not when they were crushing the Clippers for so long …
Talked to a scout who said he wasn't worried about the Clippers coming back from 22 down but having anything left in the tank once they did.—
Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 11, 2014
Clips aren't going to climb back into this unless they can start nailing those mid-range jumpers. So far, missing too many of them.—
Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) May 11, 2014
Westbrook standing up and yelling all the way from the end of the bench across the court: "Yeah, Kev!" OKC 78, LAC 63.—
KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) May 11, 2014
The fact that LA only has 66 points? Remarkable. This is a high-powered team, and OKC is locking it up.—
Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) May 11, 2014
22 – Darren Collison has officially morphed into #newschool Vinnie Johnson and taken over the game on possession after possession. Competitive fire is coming out of his ears as he stages a one-on-one game within the game with his former UCLA teammates Russell Westbrook …
Collison did unto Westbrook as Westbrook would've done unto him—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 11, 2014
21 – Clips back in this for one reason and really one reason only, D-E-F-E-N-S-E-! Doc Rivers switches Chris Paul on the MVP Kevin Durant (with plenty of double-team help) and it actually works …
Clips defense had spurred 23-8 run—
Dave Miller (@coachdavemiller) May 11, 2014
20 – I believe this about any team, in any sport, at any level …
The measure of a team, any team, is what they do when everything is on the line. Clippers are impressive. We'll see if they can finish it!—
Sekou Smith (@SekouSmithNBA) May 11, 2014
19 – Now, about this comeback from 22 points down in the game. It was the Clippers’ fourth-largest comeback in the past five seasons, per Elias. So no, it wasn’t a franchise record. They came back from 27 down in the 2012 playoffs to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 24 down that same postseason to defeat the San Antonio Spurs and from a 23-point hole in the 2011 playoffs to beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
18 – Fine choice of words Mr. Green!
Amazing fight today! Big time win!—
Willie Green (@DetroitWillie34) May 11, 2014
17 – “Madness, I say. Madness!”
In total shock at Clippers-OKC. Cannot even process what happened. Madness.—
Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 11, 2014
Why did the Thunder call the same play 8000 times? How did Brooks not foul? Why did Blake shoot? Why did Kelly break up with Zach for Jeff?—
Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 11, 2014
16 – Fitting image for an epic finish!
15 – Some folks, CJ Paul, had much better seats than others for the epic comeback …
14 – Doug Collins nailed the one issue that many of us have with the two-faced nature of the KD-Russ dynamic and how it impacts the Thunder, negatively, sometimes (and particularly at critical times) …
Doug Collins: "it's these moments that I've always struggled with, where they don't trust a system, they trust in individuals."—
BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballSource) May 11, 2014
13 – Interesting, might be Steve Kerr to the Knicks after all …
Steve Kerr feels a deal with the Knicks "is getting closer" says a person close to the TNT broadcaster. Could be completed by Monday.—
Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 11, 2014
12 – No pressure or anything Pacers and Wizards. No big deal. You’re just following one of the best games of the entire #NBAPlayOffs.
No pressure …
11 – Don’t we have to be concerned about the big fella no matter what?
Have to be concerned if you're a Hibbert follower: tough start, shot has been blocked twice and he looked awful on that last possession.—
Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 12, 2014
10 – Is anyone ready to forgive yet?
And a quick piece of wisdom from the Basketball Whisperer …
9 – My main man #BigThirst Al Harrington with an appearance tonight for the Wizards. one of my favorite cats of all time. Good to see him out there …
Now is the big Randy Wittman decision, figuring out when a thousand-year-old bench giving him magic now will turn into a pumpkin.—
Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 12, 2014
Miller, Harrington and Gooden might be old enough to have grown up listening to Ray, Goodman and Brown.—
Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) May 12, 2014
8 – What he said …
Hibbert like a blocked-shot buffet for Mom's Day. Nene, Gortat and Gooden all have bellied up.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 12, 2014
7 – Wizards running circles around the Pacers at halftime and they’re the team with all the “old heads” … and that Wall fella!
How many PGs can do what Wall just did? At that speed?—
Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad) May 12, 2014
6 – We’ve been burned once today with a hot start. It would be foolish to assume this one is over, but the Asch Man makes it hard to think this one is heading anywhere but over …
The benches: WAS 19, IND 2. The breaks: WAS 18, IND 0. The paint: WAS 28, IND 18. The blocks: WAS 6, IND 0.
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 12, 2014
5 – Jeff Teague is not a man of many words. But the Hawks’ point guard is usually spot on with his observations …
Brad Beal got game—
Jeff Teague (@Teague0) May 12, 2014
– More Sterling drama (sorry, but unfortunately it’s news) overshadowing the work of the Clippers on the floor. NBA response to Shelly Sterling‘s desire to retain her ownership stake of the Los Angeles Clippers:
In response to statements made by Shelly Sterling, wife of Donald Sterling, NBA spokesman Mike Bass stated:“Under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well. It doesn’t matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.”
4 – Drew Gooden, Harrington and Andre Miller are ballin’ again … let that sink in for a second. They are the old man superhero brigade in D.C. It’s as crazy as it is entertaining watching the “Old” Wizards go to work …
Wiz's best lineup is one with Drew Gooden, Al Harrington and Andre Miller in it. If you called that coming in, go buy a Powerball ticket—
Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 12, 2014
Verticality doesn't work against Al Harrington; he's existed longer than physical dimensions.—
Andrew Lynch (@AndrewLynch) May 12, 2014
Meanwhile, the Pacers come all the way back and tie the game up and then promptly get outscored 6-0 … and trail by six again 80-74 with 8:36 to play. #SMH #realpacerspleasestandup
3 – Win or lose, Wiz Bench and Paul George are exempt from the blame game tonight. Couldn’t have asked for from any of them …
2 – Dancin’ Roy Hibbert with a huge turnaround jumper for a 94-91 Pacers lead in the final 90 seconds. (Yeah, he traveled but it wasn’t called. What can you do?) If this holds, Hibbert will go from the scapegoat to hero in just days. Such is the roller coaster of life in the #NBAPlayoffs …
Hibbert has shots you can't teach. Nor, would you want to.—
Mark Montieth (@MarkMontieth) May 12, 2014
1 – Emotional crusher for the Wizards. Down 3-1 after losing the 19-point third quarter lead and dropping Game 4 to the Pacers with the late-game stumbles. Maybe they weren’t as ready for prime time as it seemed after Game 1?
R u kidding me???? They literally threw the game AWAY!—
Clay Dade (@ClayDade) May 12, 2014
Oh the irony. Trevor Ariza was the one picking off those sideline inbounds passes in that LAL-DEN series in 09. Here he throws it away.—
Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 12, 2014
Wizards gave that game away. Damn shame. Gotta give it to the Pacers. They never gave up.—
Jerry Azumah (@JerryAzumah) May 12, 2014
Pacers now lead Wizards, 3 games to 1 … they are 6-0 in NBA playoff series' in which they led 3 games to 1—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 12, 2014