Bucks fans are overreacting to Doc Rivers' playoff record: 2015
In the 2015 playoffs, Doc Rivers and his Lob City Clippers would face off against a man who would later end up under Doc's tutelage in Philadelphia, James Harden.
James Harden in 2015 was pretty good, you could say. Harden led the NBA in win shares and brought the Houston Rockets to a second seed against Doc's third seeded Clippers. The Clippers held a 3-1 lead against the Rockets, which is the closest thing to a playoff choke thus far.
The Los Angeles Clippers won Games 1, 3 and 4 in 2015 and then lost games 5, 6 and 7 all by double digits. What changed for the Clippers? The offense, the Clippers managed just 103.3 points per game over their final three games of the series after averaging 121 in the first four games.
The Clippers 3-point shooting crumbled, in Game 1, the Clippers shot 41.9 percent. In Game 2, (the Clippers first loss of the series) 24 percent. In Game 3, 44.8 percent. In Game 4, 41.9 percent. Then came the drop off. In Game 5, 25.7 percent. In Game 6, 23.3 percent. In Game 7, 25 percent. The Clippers had just one quarter over 30 points in Game 7, their final quarter of the season.
It is worth noting that Chris Paul had a hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two games of this series, the Clippers and Rockets split those two games. Paul did play well over the final five games of the series but the Clippers role players did not shoot the ball well enough to give the Clippers a chance to advance. Call this series a choke by Doc Rivers if you will, but Doc doesn't shoot the 3-pointers for the players. The Rockets were just the better team and deserve the credit.