Clippers NBA Playoffs Game 2: Close but no cigar

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By ALYSHA TSUJI
College Contributor Network

A clip of an interview with Blake Griffin popped up on to the side of the screen during the game last night on TNT. Griffin was talking about how every year it seems like the Spurs are done but then they keep coming back - it's a never-ending cycle. When it aired I was simultaneously filling out a job application and spaced out for a second. At first I thought he was talking about the Clippers and how every year it seems like they have a real shot at crushing their second round curse, but then they lose - again and again.

Their 111-107 loss last night gave me terrible flashbacks to postseasons of the past. I know, I know, it's only Game 2 and the series is tied, but you can never be too cautious. Their exits year after year have almost completely calloused me to ever believing that the Clippers could win their first championship ring.
I sped home from class and flipped on the game with about six minutes left in the second quarter. Everything looked good. The Spurs were fighting, as I thought they would after the Game 1 romping, and the Clippers were holding their own. Tony Parker was hobbling around, so I thought, 'Hey, maybe this is it.'

My Twitter feed ran wild of people saying THIS IS THE YEAR. But the Spurs will always be the Spurs. Marco Belinelli drained some shots. Patty Mills dropped a couple of convenient threes. Kawhi Leonard dropped J.J. Redick.

The one thing everyone watching the game thought for sure was an egregious error was the Spurs choosing to green light plan Hack-a-DJ. The game play slowed, the Spurs lost their tempo and the Clippers caught up. Miraculously, DeAndre Jordan did not airball any of his free throws, and he even made some of them (!!!). Inspired play allowed the Clippers to go ahead, yet at the very end of regulation, Griffin managed to throw away the ball and a hard fought lead two-point lead. A couple of made Spurs free throws and the game went into overtime where defending champs owned the night.

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat happens to be a common theme with the red, white and blue. Although, as I said earlier, it's only the second game of a seven game series. Tomorrow will test whether or not the Clippers have enough in the tank to rally in San Antonio against a very determined, desperate, veteran squad.

Alysha Tsuji is a senior Journalism major at Pepperdine University. Her passion lies in sports media, namely when it comes to covering the NBA. Follow her on Twitter: @AlyshaTsuji​​​
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