Blake Griffin Under Pressure as LA Clippers’ Playoff Demons Loom

April 16th, 2016 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Just before the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted if his team did not make a deep run in the playoffs, it might be time to shake things up. 

“We’re right on the borderline,” Rivers told Zach Lowe, who was with Grantland at the time. “I have no problem saying that. I’m a believer that teams can get stale. After a while, you don’t win. It just doesn’t work. We’re right at the edge."

Fast-forward eight months. The Clippers are headed into the postseason as the Western Conference's No. 4 seed. They went 53-29 in the regular season, good for the league's sixth-best record. They outscored their opponents by 4.3 points per game, good for the NBA's sixth-best point differential. They also finished with the NBA's sixth-best offense and tied for the fourth-best defense, per 

And they did it all mostly without Blake Griffin's help.


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