When Marcus Morris thinks the Clippers will blow their 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets, it still stings.
The main reason Morris is hurt by losing to the Nuggets is because he really believes the Clippers were the better team. The saying usually goes “the better team has won,” but Morris is by no means alone in that sentiment among the Clippers.
That will likely serve as pinboard material for the Nuggets when the teams meet again on Christmas Day.
Morris also said “guys are very motivated to come back,” and Ivica Zubac also said during media week that the team is using the loss to remain determined to come back this season. The Clippers seem to be embracing when they look back on how they failed rather than move on without addressing the issues that came to light. The team had no sense of urgency last season, and that’s the most important thing that needs to change.
The time for talking is over for the Clippers. All they have to do is manage their affairs all year round. That’s what the Lakers did last season, and that’s what the Clippers seem to want to do this year: stay motivated, stay angry and remember what happened last season.
“Being on and losing that put an extra incentive in our mindset, so now we have something to go out and prove,” Morris said. “I think it will be great for us for the team.”