Clippers Squabble With Grizzlies On Twitter Over Who Lost To Warriors By Less
The Los Angeles Clippers are in serious denial over their loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, which came to a head with this tweet after their 112-108 defeat at Oracle Arena:
So what's happening here is the Clippers' social media department reacted to a loss by the Warriors by taking a shot at the Memphis Grizzlies, who had lost by 50 to the Warriors the previous Sunday. Seems like an odd thing to do following a loss to your chief Pacific Division rival. It's also an odd thing to do when you're about to play the Grizzlies on Monday.
Grizzlies players didn't care for it. From The Commercial Appeal:
Courtney Lee: “It’s childish. We took our L and we kept it moving, right? We lost by 50. We didn’t cry over it, and went on to the next one. Apparently, they’re holding on to it. That’s what they got to do to overshadow their loss. Last time I heard, a loss is a loss. But that’s what they do over there.”
Tony Allen: “You ever seen the movie 'White Men Can’t Jump'? It’s like those brothers would rather look good in a loss than look bad in a win. Whoever is in charge of their Twitter should be fired. I’ve never seen anybody broadcast losing. Who’s proud of losing -- whether it’s by one, two three or 50? Enough said.”
Zach Randolph: “I take it with a grain of salt. I ain’t with all that talking and Instagraming and tweeting and bluffing. You got to prove it on the court.”
Coach Dave Joerger: “I don’t do Twitter.”
Apparently Clippers' management doesn't like bluffing either:
Clippers have disciplined employee responsible for #didntloseby50 tweet.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 6, 2015
Of course they have deleted the tweet.
But the Clippers do seem oddly content with the loss to the Warriors -- a game in which they trailed by 17 in the first half, came back to lead by eight, then lost with a series of bad choices in the final minute. Doc Rivers was quoted afterward saying "I'll take this game all day."
It was JJ Reddick, of all people, who seemed to grasp the fact that in the NBA, there are no moral victories:
"We aren't the Bad News Bears. If we're going to be a team that plays at a championship level, then we have to win."
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