There's a lot to like about the way in which the Los Angeles Clippers have started the 2012-13 NBA season.
In the three weeks since the opening tip, the Clips have picked up convincing wins over the Memphis Grizzlies, the rival Los Angeles Lakers, the Atlanta Hawks, the defending-champion Miami Heat and, with Monday's 92-87 decision, the San Antonio Spurs...twice.
As in, the Spurs squad with a roster nearly identical to the one that swept L.A. out of the playoffs this spring by an average of 11.5 points per game.
They've done it on the offensive end (third in the league in offensive efficiency, per Hoopdata) and on the defensive end (second).
They've done it with Chris Paul calling the shots in the starting lineup and with Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe bolstering the most prolific bench in basketball (and the latter emerging as the darling of the blogosphere).
They've done it with Lamar Odom still stuck in the mud and without the services of Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups.
Most impressive of all, they've sprinted to an 8-2 record (the best in the Western Conference) without Blake Griffin razz ...
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