LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a month of playoff pressure and incredible off-court drama, the Los Angeles Clippers' resilience finally ran out in the last two games of their playoff run.
A 104-98 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night sent the Clippers into a summer that could match the tumult of the last few weeks, given owner Donald Sterling's apparent determination to fight his lifetime NBA ban.
Although Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were devastated by the final losses, their Clippers will have plenty to savor from the best regular season in franchise history and a solid postseason effort despite an extraordinary degree of difficulty.
The Clippers are cautiously optimistic Sterling will be on his way out by this fall, when coach Doc Rivers expects to return with most of his current core.
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