I know something about Choking Dogs, the Dodgers and Clippers both suffering internally at times because of immaturity, a crippling strain of selfishness and an inability to measure up to expectations.
But I thought the Clippers had enough veterans to shut down such pettiness. However, they failed to do so. Some of the Clippers were still pouting when advised they might play better and losing focus while searching for someone else to blame for their own mistakes.
So it shouldn't be a surprise now. When the going got tough, Memphis came together and got stronger. The Clippers, meanwhile, folded like soft tissue paper.
When the Clippers fell behind in Game 1 by 27 points, they went into a rage and mauled Memphis. And the Clippers won.
It happened again in Game 7, while Paul was taking a pair of painkilling shots in the first round to beat back the pain and lead the competitive surge.
But who stands tall beside Paul in Memphis on Friday?
Right now I see no one.
The Clippers were not at full strength last year for Game 7 in Memphis, but they found a way to play tougher than the Grizzlies and pulled off the miracle.
But these fleas haven't shown anything to suggest they won't just shrink again under the spotlight.