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Coach Doc Rivers says he’ll take blame after LA Clippers eliminated from playoffs

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Not long after the LA Clippers’ season came crashing down in stunning fashion, coach Doc Rivers said the finger can be pointed at him for the team’s failure to meet its enormous championship expectations. After the Clippers completely unraveled for a third straight game in a 104-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Rivers said the title expectations were not too heavy for his team, even though the Clippers fell short of reaching what many thought all season would be a West finals showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. “We didn’t meet them,” Rivers said of the expectations. “That’s the bottom line. I’m the coach, and I’ll take any blame for it. But we didn’t meet our expectations, clearly, because if we had, in my opinion, we’d still be playing.” The Clippers squandered a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series in epic fashion.