March 12, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6), guard Chris Paul (3) and forward Blake Griffin (32) celebrate the 111-98 victory against the Golden State Warriors following the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Playoffs: Previewing the Los Angeles Clippers


Record: 57-25

Head Coach: Doc Rivers

Team MVP: Blake Griffin

First Round Opponent: Golden State Warriors

Record vs. SAS this season: 2-2

The Clippers have been long the laughingstock of the NBA. And the Lakers have been a constant elite. It would appear that the Clippers Space Jammed the Lakers or something because this switch of power was almost immediate.

The Clippers seem on their way to having their best record in franchise history. They’ve looked good, even when Chris Paul spent a few weeks out with injury. They have a winning coach in Doc Rivers, and the team is gelling at the right time.

For the Clippers, the question is are they a contender? My gut says yes. I think last year’s team had bench issues. This year’s bench looks to be more solid. What’s the goal this year? I mean, we all want the championship but, can the Clippers even make the conference finals?

The Clippers and Warriors have been back and forth this season. In their four meetings, the home team won. So, we’re at 2-2 and no serious indication of who would win a 7 game series. My money’s on the Clippers though. I mean, I don’t have any money, but if I did, it would go on the Clippers. Not really. It would go into my savings account.

If the top four West seeds win, you have Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, and Rockets. The Spurs would face the Rockets (battle for Texas!) while the Clippers take the Thunder.

The Clippers are currently winning the season series at 2-1. Next game is in L.A. This means they beat the Thunder on the road at some point. Good thing, because the Thunder would have home court advantage. With Westbrook having a hard time, is Kevin Durant able to keep this team on his back? Will other guys be able to step up?

I say the Clippers move on. I say they go to meet the Spurs, who have been in complete control of their season. And the Spurs are going to win. But, it won’t be easy.

Point is, the Clippers are going in the right direction. They may not make the finals yet, but, they should be ready in another year or two. They were on top of the West early this season for a while. Part of the decline was losing Paul. Still, this team is going to have a run.

 

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