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Lou Williams and Paul George both pointed to the team’s chemistry as an issue for the Los Angeles Clippers in their early playoff exit this season.

© Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lou Williams and Paul George both pointed to the team’s chemistry as an issue for the Los Angeles Clippers in their early playoff exit this season.

The Clippers lost 104-89 to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Tuesday night. The Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead and choked in the fourth quarter, putting up just 15 points in the frame.

The disappointing Game 7 and season left the Clippers answering questions after the loss. The team’s lack of chemistry was a major talking point.

“We came up short. We did have championship expectations. We had the talent to do it. I don’t think we had the chemistry to do it and it showed,” Williams said after the game. “We had lapses on defense and on offense. I think guys have played in systems where they were expecting guys to be in certain spots offensively. A lot of different guys made adjustments. It showed. But at the end of the day we were up 3-1 … we should have closed this deal out. You give credit to Denver. We take our lumps and keep moving.”

George pointed to the same issue.

“First year together … we can’t even say we want to change our roster; we like what we got. We’ve been saying it all year: just chemistry, being together. The more we’re together, the better we will be. It’s year one, year one. We’ve got a lot to reflect on.”

Even head coach Doc Rivers brought up the team’s lack of continuity.

Doc Rivers said he felt that multiple Clipper players missing time outside the bubble hurt the team's continuity and conditioning. He said several players were visibly gassed in Game 7, which isn't usually the case under normal circumstances.

— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) September 16, 2020

The Clippers had their two star players join the team over the summer. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George took turns missing games in the regular season. Other players missed games too. Then you had players in and out of the Orlando Bubble at times too, including one who got punished.

None of that stopped the Clippers from building a 3-1 series lead against Denver, but when the going get tough, it may have kept them from powering through.

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Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Focus on Sport/Getty Images The top 25 NBA duos of all time The NBA, at least over the last few four of five decades, has been a league of superstars. However, when it comes to team success and winning championships, two are usually better than one.Here's a ranking of the NBA's top teammate duos throughout league history. 2/26 SLIDES © Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports 25. LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers As of early May, James and Davis have not played a full season together. However, they have the Lakers in a good place with each averaging at least 25 points per contest. This pair makes the list for its potential going forward — however long they are playing together in Los Angeles, that is, which, at the moment, has Lakers fans excited and believing this could lead to plenty of success. 3/26 SLIDES © JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP via Getty Images 24. Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, Dallas Mavericks Dirk and Nash spent six seasons together in Dallas from the late 1990s and into the 2000s. Though they did not deliver an NBA championship to Mavericks fans, the pair led the club to four straight playoff appearances during that stretch. As perhaps the premier guard-forward combo at the time, Nowitzki and Nash were consistent scoring threats. 4/26 SLIDES © Getty Images 23. Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson, Phoenix Suns Chuck and KJ helped build the Suns into a Western Conference power during their four seasons (1992-93-1995-96) together in Phoenix. In their first of the four, Barkley and Johnson led the Suns to the 1993 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. While Barkley also spent time in Philadelphia and Houston, Johnson played all but a bit of his 12 NBA seasons with the Suns. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/26 SLIDES © DOUG KANTER/AFP via Getty Images 22. Willis Reed and Walt Frazier, New York Knicks There were plenty of key contributors during the New York Knicks' two title teams in the early 1970s (1970 and '73), but these two were the focal points. The 6-foot-9 Reed was the star of the show, averaging at least 20 points in five of his 10 seasons with the Knicks. Frazier, meanwhile, was the showman. From the 1969-70 season to the '73-74 campaign, "Clyde" as he was known, averaged 21.5 points while New York reached the NBA Finals three times during that span. 6/26 SLIDES © Getty Images 21. Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter, Portland Trail Blazers Drexler and Porter made up one of the best backcourts in NBA history. Unfortunately, they were unable to bring a championship to Portland but did take the Trail Blazers to the Finals in 1990 and 1992. Perhaps one of the more underrated aspects of their game was the physical play they brought to the court. They were not afraid to mix it up — on both ends of the floor. 7/26 SLIDES © Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports 20. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder It's still kind of surprising (though not completely) that Durant and Westbrook were unable to bring a title to Oklahoma City during their time together. (they came close in 2012.) As we've learned, the two might not have had the best relationship as time went on. Again, not completely surprising when you have two prolific offensive players who also have decent-sized egos. Still, can't argue with the talent both brought to the table when together. 8/26 SLIDES © JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images 19. Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway, Orlando Magic Shaq and Penny were all the rage while playing in Orlando during the mid-1990s. Still one of the best inside-outside combos in the league, O'Neal averaged 27.2 points and 12.5 rebounds during his four seasons with the Magic. Hardaway, meanwhile, poured in 19.5 points and 7.0 assists during his three seasons playing alongside Shaq. Their highlight together was taking the Magic to the NBA Finals in 1995. 9/26 SLIDES © George Gojkovich/Getty Images 18. John Havlicek and Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics The legendary Havlicek won eight titles with the Celtics. Two of those came with big-man Cowens in tow in 1974 and '76. During that '74 run, Havlicek averaged 22.6 points, while Cowens scored 19 per game. Cowens averaged the same number in 1976 for the Celtics, who had a bevy of stars during their run of dominance through late 1950s and into the '70s. But few were as — or more — consistent than these two. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/26 SLIDES © Todd Spoth/Icon Sportswire 17. Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets Drexler and Olajuwon failed to win an NCAA title at Houston. However, the pair did bring the city one of the NBA variety during the 1994-95 season. During that campaign, Hakeem averaged a stellar 33 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Drexler, meanwhile, posted 20.5, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest en route to recording his only NBA championship. 11/26 SLIDES © Paul Bereswill/Newsday RM via Getty Images 16. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, Milwaukee Bucks While the current Milwaukee Bucks have the look of an NBA champion, we harken back to the early days of the franchise. No offense to talented scorer Bob Dandridge, who shined during the early days of the Bucks franchise, but Kareem and the "Big O" were the backbone of Milwaukee's run to the 1971 NBA championship. Jabbar averaged 31.7 points with 16.0 boards, while Robertson put up 19.4 for a club that won 66 regular-season games. 12/26 SLIDES © John McDonough/Icon Sportswire 15. David Robinson and Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs The Twin Towers — San Antonio version — won a pair of titles with the Spurs in 1999 and again in 2003, the first with Robinson still playing at a relatively high level. Duncan was in his second season when he won his first title for San Antonio and averaged 23.8 points with 11.5 rebounds. The Admiral, that same campaign, put up 15.6 points and grabbed 10.0 boards per contest during the postseason. 13/26 SLIDES © Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports 14. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors Though injuries have kept these two stars off the court of late, they are rightfully amid the best duos in the history of the game — at the moment and in the annals of the league. Curry, a career 23.5-points-per-game scorer, and Thompson, at 19.5, have keyed the Warriors three NBA titles and five total Finals appearances from 2014-15 to 2018-19. Once healthy, it will be interesting to see if they can find that championship form again. 14/26 SLIDES © Brian Bahr / Getty Images 13. Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, Seattle SuperSonics Payton ended up winning a championship with Miami in 2006, but he and big-man Kemp enjoyed some solid success in Seattle during the 1990s. In 1992-93, they helped the Sonics reach the Western Conference finals. Three seasons later, with Kemp putting up 19.6 points and 11.4 boards per game and "The Glove" scoring 19.3 a game while dishing out 7.5 assists and playing his air-tight defense, Seattle reached the NBA Finals before losing to Chicago. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/26 SLIDES © Bettmann/Getty Images 12. Julius Erving and Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers The Sixers most recent NBA championship came in 1983. And Philadelphia fans can thank Dr. J. and Moses for making that possible. With Erving and Malone leading the way during their first of four seasons together in Philly, they averaged nearly 50 points combined. The Sixers reached the Eastern Conference final two seasons later with the two again at the forefront. 16/26 SLIDES © Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports 11. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors While Curry and Klay Thompson have established themselves as Warriors legends, the addition of Durant added to the dominance. It also brought together two of the league's biggest superstars. In the three seasons (2016-17-2018-19) Curry and Durant led the Golden State charge, the club won two championships and reached the Finals in 2019. Also during that time, Curry averaged 26.3 points and Durant 25.8. 17/26 SLIDES © JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images 10. Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons The Bad Boys weren't just rough. They could also play, and that began with one of the best backcourt duos in NBA history. While Thomas will go down as an elite playmaker and scoring point guard, Dumars grew as an offensive threat throughout his 14-year career. During Detroit's back-to-back titles in 1989 and '90, Thomas and Dumars were one-two in scoring, respectively. 18/26 SLIDES © Martin Mills/Getty Images 9. Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers Chamberlain played his final five NBA seasons (1968-69-1972-73) with the Lakers. Together, he and West helped Los Angeles reach the NBA Finals in four of those years. They were essentially the focal point of franchise at the time. Though Chamberlain's production waned toward the end of his career, he and West celebrated an NBA title in 1972. West averaged 26.6 points while playing alongside Wilt in L.A. 19/26 SLIDES © Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports 8. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Yes, Chris Bosh played an integral part of Miami's dominance during the first half of the last decade. Obviously, James and Wade were the superstars and had the Heat playing at an elite level. From 2010-11 to 2013-14, LeBron averaged 26.9 points and Wade scored 22.2 per game as Miami won two titles and also lost in the Finals the two other times. We won't go into their 2017-18 reunion in Cleveland. 20/26 SLIDES © Staff/Icon Sportswire 7. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs We touched on Duncan's success with David Robinson, but Parker was there for that 2003 title. Together with Duncan, Parker and the Spurs won three more NBA championships (2005, '07 and '04). Another great inside-outside pair, Parker and Duncan had the kind of chemistry needed to win titles. Parker also proved himself as a capable scorer and earned NBA Finals MVP honors in 2007. 21/26 SLIDES © Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images 6. Karl Malone and John Stockton, Utah Jazz A pair of Olympic Dream Teamers and Hall of Famers, Malone and Stockton were fun to watch. and it wasn't just because they were great players but also because they knew each other so well. Stockton knew when and where to feed to Malone, playing to his strengths while also utilizing their collective dynamic. Though the Jazz reached the NBA Finals in 1997 and '98, Malone and Stockton never won a title together. 22/26 SLIDES © Focus on Sport via Getty Images 5. Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics These two were the heart of the Celtics run of three NBA titles and five Finals appearances from 1980-81 to 1986-87. While Bird was the superstar, McHale started out as a guy who would do the dirty work. But from 1984-85 to 1989-90, McHale averaged nearly 21 points in each of those seasons. Credit Bird, by the way, with making it a point to help elevate McHale's game, especially on the offensive end, without compromising his own. 23/26 SLIDES © Bettmann/Getty Images 4. Bill Russell and Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics There were plenty of stars during the Celtics dynasty from the 1950s and '60s. However, together, Russell and Cousy were stalwarts during Boston's run of six NBA championships and seven title-series appearances from 1956-57 to 1962-63. During that span, the dominant Russell averaged at least 16.6 points in six of those seasons, while the smooth-moving Cousy scored 20 or more per game in two campaigns. 24/26 SLIDES © Matt A. Brown/Icon Sportswire 3. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers As we know, Shaq and Kobe had their issues when together, but they still won three straight NBA titles from 2000-'02. They also reached the NBA Finals another time, yet many believe the Lakers could have been even more dominant with the two together. 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Jordan is arguably the greatest player in NBA history but admits he owes a good deal of that success to Pippen. Hailing from a small town in Arkansas, Pippen is regarded as one of the game's all-time great defenders and averaged 20.3 points from 1990-91 to 1997-98. 26/26 SLIDES

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Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks during a House Oversight and Reform hearing about the supposedly "pervasive" problem of white supremacists infiltrating the nation's police departments.

During the hearing, law enforcement officers, legal experts — and even a former neo-Nazi — were asked by lawmakers to testify about their past experiences with racist police officers.

When it was Ocasio-Cortez's turn to speak, she suggested that "far too much of the discussion around the issue of white supremacist infiltration of policing focuses on whether this problem exists."

"We have known for generations that it's not a question about whether this problem is an issue, it's a matter of how we have allowed it to sustain for so long," she said. "Congress, as well, has been complicit, and our silence has allowed for more violence and continued generational trauma in our communities."

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Evidently for Ocasio-Cortez, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and others who took part in the hearing, the notion that America's police departments are systemically racist is a foregone conclusion.

It should be noted that the FBI has posited before about attempts by white supremacist groups to infiltrate law enforcement. In a 2006 intelligence memo, the bureau warned of "white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement."

But to warn about the possibility of a problem and to assert that the problem is "pervasive" and "systemic" are two very different things.

What's more is that the FBI was invited to testify at the hearing but refused, indicating that, in Raskin's words, "they have nothing to say because they have no evidence that this is a widespread problem demanding the FBI's attention."

"They have [also] attempted to disavow their own 2006 intelligence assessment, which has every sign of being an authentic document," Raskin noted in his opening statement at the hearing.

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