The Los Angeles Clippers felt like a team of destiny for much of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. The shocking and unexpected team was cobbled together out of nowhere and became instant threats in the Western Conference. They made it into the postseason and won a thrilling seven-game series against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
And yet, they have been unable to make a dent in the best team in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. After blowing a huge lead in Saturday's Game 3 of the conference semifinals, the Clippers find themselves one loss away from being swept right out of the postseason, with no guarantees that this popular team will be together again in the fall. They need a win at home in the Staples Center to keep their season alive.
The Clippers host the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on TNT.