Thursday NBA Roundup: Clippers Erasing Any Doubt They Are Among League’s Best

December 1st, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Clippers are true NBA title contenders. 

Truthfully, we should've known as much before Thursday night's 113-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the three-game skid leading up to that second-half beatdown of the defending champions cast some doubt. The league's best teams don't typically drop three consecutive contests, much less to the shorthanded Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. 

This performance should sweep away any concerns. It by no means guarantees a title—the Clippers still shouldn't even be favored to advance out of the Western Conference—but it affirms their status as a dangerous outfit. 

"The true Clippers are much closer to the juggernaut that started the season 14-2 than the tired patsy of the past week,"'s Zach Lowe wrote before this latest showing. "They've already played 19 games, second-most in the league, and they rested Griffin during their bizarro loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday."

Numbers tell a similar story. 

Even after the losing streak, the Clippers trailed only Golden State in simple rat ...

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