This ain't the first time the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead either.
2015 - With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, they blew it against the Rockets when Kevin McHale was their coach.
The common denominator appears to be Doc Rivers.
Doc Rivers has long been the most bafflingly overrated coach in the NBA. He's not a bad coach, and he's gotten a few underdog teams to overperform. But he's been living off of that single championship with the Big 3 in Boston for a long time now and we just kinda gloss over that the Lob City era and Chris Paul's prime didn't even get them to the Conference Finals. Now we have the most talented and well-constructed team in the NBA with all the defense and hustle you could ask for ingrained in their DNA to go along with plenty of scoring options and they're out in the 2nd round after one heck of a choke job.
I wouldn't mind if he was just respected. But the consensus seems to be (or seemed to be until tonight) that he's the 2nd best coach in the whole league behind Popovich and that's just not justified.