Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers really are cursed.
It happened again on Friday, that inevitable final chapter that seems to conclude all of their seasons these days. On a seemingly innocuous drive to the rim, Blake Griffin came down wrong, immediately headed to the locker room, and now has been ruled out for the postseason again. It’s the second straight season-ending injury in the playoffs for Griffin, and it’s the fourth year that something has happened to Los Angeles in the postseason.
Griffin seemed to know right away when he left in the second half of Best Site For Cheap Jerseys Game 3, which the Clippers ended up winning anyway. He whacked a chair in frustration before leaving the court, and the team announced it’s an injury to the plantar plate in his big toe.
Throw a parade for Sam Hinkie, dress the Rocky statue in a Sixers jersey and send Markelle Fultz a cheesesteak. Getting the No. 1 pick and the Lakers’ pick (more on that later) is the dream scenario for the Sixers and it represents, at long last, the end of The Process.
Joel Embiid has proven he’s going to be a superstar if he can stay healthy. Ben Simmons has that type of ceiling, too. Adding Fultz could give Philadelphia a homegrown big three that would potentially be on par with what the Warriors once built by drafting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Fultz — at 6’5, with elite scoring instincts out of the pick-and-roll and a sweet jumper — would be a cornerstone anywhere else. In Philly, he could just be another piece of the puzzle for the team with the league’s brightest long-term future.