Rudy Gay went up and his shot fell short and the final buzzer echoed forlornly through the building.
The crowd stood, stunned, silent, even nauseous. Had that just happened? Could that have happened?
Weren’t they just laughing and high-fiving and taking triumphant pictures on their cell phones? Wasn’t Mike Conley just knocking down everything? Weren’t the Clippers just rolling over and playing dead?
Weren’t their Grizzlies just up 24? In the fourth quarter? With 9:13 left in the game?
So why were the Clippers dancing and celebrating? Why were Blake Griffin and Chris Paul leaping for joy?
And — for the love of all things Grizzly — why did the scoreboard read: Clippers 99, Memphis 98.