For Clippers, distractions not an excuse after Game 6 loss to Thunder

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Oklahoma City's ability to control the paint and the free throw line proved to be the difference.

Oklahoma City's ability to control the paint and the free throw line proved to be the difference.

The Clippers alternated between the owner and the officiating, two topics that dominated their playoff experience. They will presumably be back in the fall -- Paul and Griffin declined to answer a question about how they would respond if Sterling still owns the club -- knowing that a season cannot be any stranger and cannot end any worse. What they endured should steel them for whatever they face.