They had every advantage on Memphis, winning a key game near the end of the season to gain the home-court edge, and then just tossed it away.
OK, so Paul would be the exception. He has already done the unimaginable in making the Clippers relevant. And the way he played against Memphis, how can anyone not hold him in even higher regard?
But where's the help? Where's the refusal to give in? Check the archives.
"Do you miss them now?" I asked Del Negro before the game.
"Sure," said Del Negro.
As small as he is, Paul played so much bigger than Jordan, who just has to do more or the Clippers will never go much further.
"He's got to bring the energy, the intensity level," Del Negro said before the game, and next year the team's new coach probably will be saying the same thing.
Remember when everyone was going crazy over Lob City? You take Griffin out of the game with an injury, old age doing the same to Butler and Billups and get nothing from Jordan, and it's Paul against the world.
Where's the heart from everyone else? The Clippers won the first two games of this series and it's been a Memphis mismatch ever since.
And a major letdown, and didn't we already have that with the Lakers, which brings us to the Dodgers and Angels.
Time for vacation.
In an effort to help Lakers fans who will have nothing to do for a while, I might suggest reading a book. Just think of me as Phil Jackson.
I would recommend "Between the Bylines: The Life, Love and Loss of Los Angeles' Most Colorful Sports Journalist," by Doug Krikorian, available through amazon.com.
It's touching and funny, which suggests maybe Krikorian had help from a ghost writer, and it's also a good reminder that the media treated Wilt Chamberlain at times like Dwight Howard.
Or, as Krikorian began his column one night after a poor performance by the Lakers center, "Wilt Chamberlain was the tallest spectator at the Forum last night."
I can see now why he's writing books.