The Oklahoma City Thunder are the latest team to be eliminated from the 2017 NBA playoffs. The Thunder fell Tuesday night to Houston in Game 5 of the series between the two teams.
The Rockets will now move on to Round 2 after defeating the Thunder in five NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys games. The Spurs and Jazz also played Tuesday and took 3-2 leads over the Grizzlies and Clippers respectively. Here’s how it all went down.
The Clippers now face a question with the future of the franchise hanging in the balance. Do they bring Paul and Griffin back for another go-round with the same team, hoping injuries don’t derail a talented team once full of promise? Or do they blow it up, let Griffin, Paul and Redick walk and start from scratch again? Do they shell out the $200-plus million needed to remain relevant, or fall back to their status as the bottom dwellers on the West Coast?
And what do these questions mean for Doc Rivers’ future as president and head coach in Los Angeles?
Griffin and Paul hold the cards in their hands. They could each opt-in for the final seasons of their contracts, bringing the band back for one last go at getting over the hump. Or they could leave and find their next move.
Either way, Los Angeles is in a precarious situation headed into summer of 2017. And losing Game 7 at home in the first-round to the Jazz didn’t make the decision-making process any smoother.
Crucially, that success is what will finally make sure that articles and views like Spector’s quoted above will, in the fullness of time, be seen for the blinkered, restrictive mentality that they and the “hockey man” way of thinking are.
That success will play a large part in changing hockey’s thought processes for the better, and for that reason, hockey as a whole should be wishing John Chayka every success over the next few years.