The Clippers weren’t far from the NBA Finals. A Game 2 that switches at the very last second, a Game 4 undecided and it’s the whole course of a conference final that could have changed. It is the law of the playoffs, and Terance Mann did not stop at this ultimate failure when taking stock of this 2020/21 season.
Among the heroes of the playoffs campaign of Steve Ballmer’s proteges with his memorable Game 6 against Jazz in the conference semifinals (39 points), the sophomore back will retain for his part the strength that his group has shown against the Events of an extraordinary season, with many injuries to major players, from Pat Beverley to Serge Ibaka through Kawhi Leonard.
“Our ability to adapt was the theme of the year for this team, with guys who come and go, others who get injured for a long time. And there, other guys who prevail, up to Amir Coffey, who showed up at certain times of the season ”, he recalled. “It was crazy the way everyone came in and filled in the gaps or the squares, and it’s great to see. That’s what helped us in these playoffs ”.
A historic achievement at the end of a complicated season
Terance Mann was the perfect illustration of this in these playoffs, raising his level of play to the height of the meeting. Looking back six months at the start of the “training camp”, the rear admitted that he had already felt this vengeful state of mind emerging from the locker room, after the failure of the “bubble”.
And while the Clippers didn’t touch the net, they still made it to the conference final, a first in franchise history.
“At training camp, we were all there. Everyone was healthy and enthusiastic. Everyone had a bad taste in their mouths from the previous year and the bubble. We all knew the goal was the title ”, he recalled. “But doing what we did with the injuries we had was great. We have reached where this organization has never been (…). We knew we had a lot of depth and that there would be a lot of rotation all the time. We just missed six wins ”.
Its emergence at the end of the season, it also owes it to each member of this rich workforce.
“Everyone has played a role in my development this season, and when I say everyone, I mean from Pat Beverley to Reggie Jackson, to Rondo, to PG, to Kawhi, to Serge. Everybody. Marcus Morris has helped me a lot to keep my confidence. I stole something from everyone’s bag this year and tried to add it to mine. That’s how it went this year and everyone was happy to help me ”.