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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The more things changed for the Los Angeles Clippers, the more they stayed the same.

They shocked the league by adding superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a proven cast, immediately creating major expectations for the franchise to win its first NBA championship.

In the end, the Clippers reverted to their old selves.

They blew a 3-2 series lead and double-digit leads in multiple games against the Denver Nuggets, and got sent packing from the NBA playoff bubble. The franchise once mocked as the laughingstock of the NBA couldn’t erase a big part of its ignominious history: 0-8 all time in games in which it could clinch a spot in the conference finals.

“We did have championship expectations. We had the talent to do it,” Lou Williams said. “I don’t think we had the chemistry to do it and it showed.”

George missed time to start the season while recovering from two offseason shoulder surgeries. Playing for his third team in three years, Leonard followed a load management program before the pandemic, rarely playing back-to-back games because of his left knee. The Clippers ran though numerous lineup changes and then the coronavirus pandemic hit, halting the season in March. Once the NBA resumed play in the bubble in Florida, the team lost players.

Montrezl Harrell, the Sixth Man of the Year, missed 30 days; Patrick Beverley was out 16 days; Williams missed 14 days, including 10 in quarantine after visiting a strip club during an excused absence from the bubble.

“Some of that came back and haunted us,” coach Doc Rivers said. “But once you get to the playoffs, throw that all out the window and you’ve got to perform. You’ve got to perform better. You’ve got to execute better. You’ve got to trust better. You’ve got to play better as a team.”

It didn’t happen, especially in Game 7. Leonard scored 14 points on 6 of 22 shooting; George scored 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting. The Clippers had just 33 points in the second half, and they didn’t make a field goal in the fourth quarter until 4:58 was left in the game.

George sees no need to tear up the roster.

“We like what we got,” he said. “The more we can be together, the better we’ll be. It’s year one.”

Leonard owns two championship rings (San Antonio and Toronto) and Rivers has one (Boston). George joined Leonard in coming home to Los Angeles for a shot at his first in his 10th season in the league after years of futility in Indiana and Oklahoma City.

“First time I’ve been on a team and not been considered an underdog,” George said.

The Clippers won’t have long to stew in their disappointment. The new season is expected to begin sometime in December.

“We can only get better the longer we stay together and the more we’re around each other,” George said. “More chemistry for the group, the better. That’s really the tale of the tape of this season. We just didn’t have enough time together.”

Leonard and George are under contract for one more year; then each has an option for the 2021-22 season.

After the game, fans took to the airwaves and social media to mourn or vent, with many calling for Rivers’ job despite their personal affection for the veteran coach. He’s guided teams to 3-1 leads in three series, and each time they’ve failed to advance. It happened to the Clippers against Houston in 2015, too.

Rivers has taken the Clippers to the playoffs in six of his seven years with the team.

“I’ve got a good group of guys, I really do,” Rivers said. “But we didn’t meet our expectations, clearly, because if we had, in my opinion, we’d still be playing.”

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Prince William, Duchess Kate and their royal children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are pictured in the Kensington Palace gardens with Sir David Attenborough. 

In one of the photos, Prince George is holding the tooth of a giant shark given to him by Attenborough.

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The photos were taken after Prince William and Attenborough attended an outdoor screening of his latest feature film "David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet."

The 94-year-old BBC broadcaster calls his film a "witness statement" on the horrifying effects climate change has had on the planet. "A Life on Our Planet" premieres Sep. 28 after being postponed from its April premiere date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

© AP The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched a screening of "David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet," which premieres Sep. 28.

Attenborough, who broke Jennifer Aniston's record of being the fastest person to reach a million followers on Instagram, joined the platform Thursday to spread awareness on climate change. 

"The world is in trouble," Attenborough said in his debut post. "Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. Fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on."

© AP Prince William and Sir David Attenborough watch a private outdoor screening of "David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet" at Kensington Palace.

The British royals have long been advocates of taking action against global climate change. 

Last year, Prince William interviewed Attenborough about climate change during the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, as breathtaking scenes from nature scrolled on a giant screen behind them.

© AP Prince William and Prince Louis with dad Prince William in the Kensington Palace gardens.

It wasn't the last time the Duke of Cambridge partnered with Attenborough on the topic. In September 2019, Prince William and Duchess Kate participated in a naming ceremony for the United Kingdom's new polar research ship, the RSS Sir David Attenborough, named for the famed wildlife filmmaker.

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Video showed the little prince's over-the-top reactions to an Aston Villa goal. 3/45 SLIDES © AARON CHOWN/ AFP/Getty Images Prince George of Cambridge and sister Princess Charlotte, with their parents on Charlotte's first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London on Sept. 5, 2019. 4/45 SLIDES © Chris Jackson/Getty Images Prince George and his maternal grandfather, Michael Middleton, watch the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by George's parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, on Aug 8, 2019, off the Isle of Wight. 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