The cursed Clippers latest failure may mark the stunning end of an era

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The Clippers' roster is fatally flawed

They have one Conference Finals to show since acquiring their All-Star forward duo and they have never made a final appearance in the franchise's history dating back to 1970, when they were first known as the Buffalo Braves. George seems to be inconsistent come playoff time, having one great game here and two bad games to follow up.

Then, on the other side, you have Leonard, who manages during the storm and can't seem to stay healthy. On top of that, you added James Harden and Russell Westbrook from the from the last two seasons, who are two former superstars past their primes and don't have great resumes in terms of playoff success either. 

Harden is notoriously known as someone who shrinks in the playoffs when the lights are brightest and Westbrook has advanced past the quarterfinal round just once since Kevin Durant left him for Golden State. That one run came in 2020 with the Houston Rockets in the bubble when they lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

In the end, the Clippers' playoff blunders have been a colossal disappointment and some changes need to be made as there are rumors George can leave for the Philadelphia Sixers or Orlando Magic as a free agent this offseason, assuming he declines his player option (which he most likely will). It'll be something to keep track of, as the Clipper and Harden have already come out and said they want to continue the partnership. It'll be a long offseason for the Clippers.