Los Angeles Clippers Must Embrace Wild-Card Factor in NBA Playoffs

April 6th, 2016 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Clippers are an abnormally talented footnote. They have championship-level talent, leadership and coaching, all the while existing acres away from an actual title.

Chris Paul might be having his best year since undergoing knee surgery in 2010. DeAndre Jordan leads the league in field-goal percentage for the fourth season in a row. And Blake Griffin is a top-20 player who could end up on top-five lists if he replicates last year’s playoff performance over the next couple of months. 

Beyond those three and head coach Doc Rivers, what the Clippers lack is any reason for the general public to believe they can maximize their strengths while camouflaging their weaknesses through four straight playoff rounds. 

It’s harsh, but their fate appears to be out of their control. The three teams ahead of Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings—the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder—are all historically great in numerous ways. Defeating any one of them without home-court advantage is a Herculean task by itself. Beating two feels impossible.
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