It’s Only November, but LA Clippers Look Like NBA’s Best Team out of the Gate

November 17th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — "I'm going to tell you straight up: It means absolutely nothing," Chris Paul said.

Doc Rivers would've preferred that nobody brought it up.

"I hate stats," he said. "I used to like them until that moment."

The moment came after the Los Angeles Clippers' 127-95 flattening of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday—their seventh straight win overall at the time and third consecutive at home by at least 30 points. 

The stat? The Clippers' point differential through 11 games was the fourth-best of all time, per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver.

Perhaps they were right to brush off that number. They looked like their juggernaut selves only in fits and starts during a 111-107 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"Sometimes, when you win a series of games by a lot, you forget how hard it is to win in this league," J.J. Redick said after the defeat. "The other thing is, sometimes you can get a little comfortable, and you can forget what makes you good."

What's made the Clippers good—if not arguably the best in th ...

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