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The Clippers' postseason performance was a letdown after their regular-season success.
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Breakdown: Despite the tremendous success of the regular-season, the 2012-13 Los Angeles Clippers might be best remembered for their early first-round exit.
The high points of the season should not be undervalued. From a 17-game winning streak, to a sweep of the rival Los Angeles Lakers and the first-ever Pacific Division crown in franchise history, the Clippers had a season to remember.
Nevertheless, the Clips certainly regressed in the postseason.
The Clips lost home-court advantage and were knocked out in six quick games against the same Memphis team they matched up against last year. Last postseason the Clips overachieved, beating Memphis in seven games, bookended by road wins at the FedEx Forum.
Should Chris Paul choose to leave Los Angeles this summer, the Clips will look back at the postseason disappointment as a key reason for his departure.
Although the Clips played well during the regular-season, they certainly peaked too early. Expectations were paramount come playoff time, and Lob City crumbled under the pressure.