“I will say that I stand by my words,” Watkins said, sheepishly. “At the time that was the best chance that you had at guarding Mike. If we were to do it again that’s probably the strategy I would employ. I’ve seen him put on a couple pounds. I could probably beat him off the dribble, I’m sure. I’d get a couple of points in. “One of my friends was telling me I should challenge him on Twitter. I said, Well it would have to be worth something. Mike’s a betting man. So the next pair of Jordans released would have to be called the ‘Air-rons.’”
June 19, 2021 | 2:26 am EDT Update
For the first time in their 51-year history, the Clippers are going to the Western Conference finals, and they did it the only way this star-crossed franchise could do it — the hard way. Falling behind by 25 in the opening seconds of the third quarter, the Clippers mounted a furious, historic comeback, going on an improbable 75-40 run to eliminate the Utah Jazz with a 131-119 win and advance to face the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers, who trailed by 22 at the half, completed the largest halftime comeback in a series-clinching win in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They’re also the first team to erase a 20-plus-point deficit in a series-clinching win over the past 25 seasons.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue said the Clippers’ fan base has been “starving.” Walking through Staples concourse after the game, fans were celebrating walking out of each section jumping, cheering and chanting “Let’s Go Clippers!” Felt like 51 seasons of heartache and frustration being released at once
Michael Scotto: Paul George on the Clippers going to their first Western Conference Finals: “It was a special night. You felt the monkey off of the Clippers’ back in terms of getting out of the second round.”
Eric Walden: Mike: “Once Terance Mann started hitting 3s and getting to the rim, that changed the game. Reggie Jackson finishing at the rim was tough. We needed to help each other, and we were a step or two slow on every rotation. And you can’t do that in a hostile environment on the road.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Pat Bev: “I was here when we were 8th seed, celebrating just to get into the playoffs… to finish a game like this, to make history, it’s special because blood, sweat and tears into this shit. Injuries, friends getting traded…to be last man standing + write history is special”