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Clippers’ Marcus Morris on losing to Nuggets in 2020 playoffs: ‘We weren’t in the bubble, we’d beat the s--- out of them’

Marcus Morris and Jamal Murray in Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets and Marcus Morris Sr. #31 of the LA Clippers dive for the loose ball during the second quarter against the LA Clippers in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 03, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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The Clippers devastatingly blew a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets in the 2020 playoffs.

Cue more questioning the worthiness of bubble results.

Clippers forward Marcus Morris, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“We only lost that s--- because we were in the bubble,” Marcus Morris Sr. says. "[If] we weren’t in the bubble, we’d beat the s--- out of them. Put that on the record. ... Guys are out of their comfort zone. Kudos to Denver.”

First and foremost: The Nuggets deserve credit for winning. It’s commendable to face whatever challenges comes your way and overcome them.

But we have also established over several decades what it means to advance in the playoffs. The bubble presented new hardships that don’t necessarily align with what we’ve traditionally valued for NBA-postseason success.

Some players handled the unique pressures of isolating at Disney World better than others. Clippers star Paul George was open about his mental-health issues, and his uneven play in the bubble reflected them.

More tangibly, No. 2 seed L.A. earned home-court advantage over No. 3 seed Denver. But because of coronavirus, the second-round series was played completely on neutral courts. That’s significant. Home teams have won about 80% of Game 7s.

We’ll never know what would’ve happened if the season ended normally. Again, credit the Nuggets for what we do know: They won.

But Morris might be right, too.