LA Clippers Notebook: The Clock Is Running out for Blake Griffin, CP3 and Doc

September 29th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — There’s something different about the Los Angeles Clippers this season.

Is it a slimmer, trimmer Chris Paul? No, he didn’t lose any weight, he insisted during the team’s media day. But he appreciates the thought.

Is it Austin Rivers’ new hairdo? Not quite. 

Is it the eight new faces in training camp? Technically, yes, but the core of this year’s squad (i.e. Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Rivers) is identical to last year’s.

What is it, then, that separates this team—with its sights once again set on the Larry O’Brien Trophy, after yet another disappointing playoff exit, with the roster as loaded as ever—from its predecessors?

"There's no more like win-or-bust or all these things. We’re not having any of these sayings," the younger Rivers said at Clippers media day. "We're just going to go hoop and try to get it done."

L.A.’s aim has been lofty for the last half-decad ...

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