Right now, the Los Angeles Clippers are running like a fine tuned machine. On Christmas night, they ran through another respectable team in the Denver Nuggets. This means the Clips have won 14 straight games and you would have a hard time convincing me that they are not the best team in the NBA.
If you want to be a title contender, you better have a lot of tricks up your sleeve. The Clippers have that. They can beat you in a lot of different ways. On some nights, they don’t need the starters to do the dirty work. The bench unit the team plays could probably play a very competitive game of 5 on 5 versus the starters. Not a lot of teams in the league can say that.
This team is more than just “Lob City.” They are starting to become a team that can beat you from the perimeter as well. When you have a guy like Chris Paul, you can do whatever you want. Some nights the team will kill you with demoralizing lobs. Other times, the perimeter shooting will break the will of the opponents. Finally, there are those nights when CP3 decides to take over games by himself.
When the playoffs come around and the benches shorten, the Clippers might face some holes. Blake Griffin still has a lot of room to grow, which could be the downfall of the team. If he is only going to make 63 percent of his free throws and struggle in some defensive situations, a major part of the team ends up neutralized.
It is way too early to say for certain, but don’t be shocked if you see the Clippers playing deep into June. Who could ever guessed that?