Embarrassed, ashamed, and humiliated, are words that should describe the fashion in which the Clippers lost to the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals last season. Instead, the Clippers are STILL trying to find ways to make excuses for the historic comeback the Rockets made at their expense.

Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote his weekly column about the Clippers on Tuesday, and the mood out of Clippers camp was: Hey, we are almost championship contenders, if only we really focused during the Rockets series we would have crushed them!

“In basketball you always you take your opponent seriously,” Corey Brewer told me before the Rockets took on the Mavericks. “They say they didn’t take it seriously. I’m happy they didn’t, we were able to win the series and go to the western conference finals.”

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