The Los Angeles Clippers have made it to the 2021 NBA playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. The team has played to get better this season, looking to redeem themselves after their loss against the Denver Nuggets last season. Some people, however, are convinced that the Clippers have lost on purpose to avoid the Los Angeles Lakers. Here is more on the latest Clippers playoffs theory -
As the NBA regular season wrapped up, the Clippers confirmed their No. 4 seed in the West. While it is to-be-determined who will play the top two seeds, the Clippers will for sure face the Dallas Mavericks. However, fans and others seem to believe the Clippers tanked themselves at the end to avoid the Lakers in Round 1. The Clippers lost the last two games vs the OKC Thunder and Houston Rockets, which has caused fans to believe that they purposely tanked their final two games of the 2020-21 regular season.
Clippers ducking the Lakers like pic.twitter.com/tUjoZLESzq— Daman Rangoola (@damanr) May 15, 2021
When Clippers fans call into the show saying they weren’t ducking the Lakers pic.twitter.com/YmBbs6AiP0— LZ Granderson (@LZGranderson) May 18, 2021
A week ago I was pretty confident that the Clippers would beat the Lakers in a series but if the Clippers really tanked to avoid the Lakers ... man idk anymore 😭— Guru (@DrGuru_) May 18, 2021
As of now, the league is yet to finalize the playoffs schedule. Some games depend on the play-in tournament results, which will be finalized only after the results. Meanwhile, the NBA play-in tournament will begin from Tuesday (Wednesday IST).
Before Anthony Davis and LeBron James were sidelined for weeks, the LA Lakers were placed second in the West. However, by the time the regular season ended, the defending champions were seventh, headed to the play-in tournament to face the Golden State Warriors. Even if the Lakers lose vs the Warriors, they will have one more chance to clinch a playoff spot.