NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal does not fancy the Clippers to make a comeback in the Western Conference Finals, trusts CP3 and Book to seal the deal
The Los Angeles Clippers blew a golden chance to tie the Western Conference Finals. After suffering two heartbreaking losses in Phoenix, the Clippers came back strong and won Game 3. However, the Suns did not take the loss lightly and came back full steam in Game 4.
Game 4 was a game full of grit and determination. The Suns won by a narrow margin of 84-80. The Clippers, who were once down 16, ended their first half with just 36 points. They came back strong in the second half, and cut the lead to as low as 1, but could never take over. Paul George scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Devin Booker scored 25 points, whereas Chris Paul scored 18 points and dished 7 assists.
Shaquille O’Neal does not see the Clippers winning the WCF
Shaquille O’Neal has been in and around the league for a very long time. During his time, he has witnessed some of the greats of the game, and some of the greatest moments in the current-day NBA. He has seen miracles happen in front of him, but still, Shaq does not favor the chances the Clippers have.
The Clippers, who are battling without their leader Kawhi Leonard, have usually managed to win the series after falling down 0-2. However, Shaquille O’Neal does not think that would be the case this time. During his time on Inside the NBA, Shaq said,
“The question is, will, the Phoenix Stars play better. And will, Patrick Beverley be able to get away with a lot of fouls…. I think, you know, the Clippers, they do have a coach is very resilient. He doesn’t panic.”
“I think they can try to you know, possibly win the series but I do not expect the great Devin Booker and the great Chris Paul to shoot 4 for 20. I do not expect that, so I think the Clippers will have a handful tomorrow.”
While what Shaquille O’Neal said makes sense, another reason for his statement could be his blatant dislike for the franchise. Having won 3 rings with the Lakers, it is clear why Shaq dislikes the Clippers.
The Clippers have backed into a corner once again, and have to win the do-or-die game in Arizona if they want to keep their championship dream alive. Game 5 takes place on Monday.