Clippers Close 2009 and Look to 2010 With Hope and a Plan in Place

December 31st, 2009 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
Lisa Dillman is the Clippers beat writer for the L.A. Times.  She recently called the squad "the most perplexing team in the NBA."  With apologies to Clipper broadcaster Ralph Lawler, "BINGO!".

Dillman hit the nail squarely on the head.  I used the phrase "Clipper two-step" a while back ago to explain how the Clippers seem to never build on success or wallow in failure for too long.  It seems this year has been one step backward for every step forward.

Perplexing indeed.

What is most bothersome to a fan of the game is watching a team not exhibit hustle 100 percent of the time.  Its one thing to lose to a better team, but it's another altogether to get out-hustled by any team.  At Portland the Clippers were out-hustled.

They had a chance to build on the recent amazing victory against Boston but failed.  Boston, it seems, has yet to recover from that loss, losing their next two on the road.  Where the sting of the loss has yet to leave the Celtics, the momentum from the win left the Clippers in Portland.

Tonight's game against the 76ers marks the end of the 2009 season for the Clippers and the end of the decade as well.  There ar ...

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