Game 7. Two of the best words in sports.

Forty-eight minutes remain in the series. The winner of Game 7 between the Clippers and Denver Nuggets will advance to the Western Conference finals to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

Following consecutive blown 15-point-plus leads in the second halves of Games 5 and 6, the Clippers are under pressure. If they win Game 7, their recent struggles will be placed on the back burner as all of the national attention turns to the highly anticipated Battle for L.A. matchup.

If the Clippers lose, however, they’ll have suffered one of the worst postseason collapses in NBA history — much worse than their infamous collapse against Houston in 2015 — and the organization will have to reexamine the core surrounding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Here are three variables that can sway Game 7 on Tuesday night in Orlando.

1. How many minutes do the Clippers’ best players log?




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