Chris Paul and Blake Griffin regarded each other with weary disbelief in the locker room in Memphis after the Los Angeles Clippers' fourth straight playoff loss.
''I can't believe it's over,'' Paul said to his power forward.
After a regular season unlike anything in the Clippers' mostly miserable history, everything ended with a decidedly Clipper-like first-round playoff flop. Their club-record 56 wins and first Pacific Division championship meant little against the rugged Grizzlies, who abruptly sent the Clippers to a perilous offseason in which Paul's free agency is only the largest of several uncertainties.
And though Paul, Griffin and their teammates have changed the sports world's perception of a franchise synonymous with losing during the best two-season stretch in club history, the Clippers' best regular season is already a memory.
''I have nothing to do,'' Paul said Saturday at the Clippers' Playa Vista training complex. ''This is unreal. I had no idea that the season wo...