You won’t believe me, but the Los Angeles Clippers are struggling on the court without Chris Paul. Hard to believe a team could have issues when its best player sits out with an injury, but it is true. Although this beginning is filled with sarcasm, there are some real issues that the team should worry about.
I still think that the Clippers are one of the best teams in basketball with Paul, but this play without him worries me a bit. A team like this should be able to win regular season games because it has superior depth. However, that has not been the case as they have lost four out of their last five. Every team is dealing with injuries and you have to overcome them to be considered one of the best.
If the Clippers want to be known as one of the best, they need to pick their play up. Eric Bledsoe has done an admirable job filling in, but he needs to get more efficient. He had a nice game on Wednesday, but he shot 3/14. That is not going to win you any favors. As the point guard, you need to make sure you are doing things in the best way possible. Shooting like that doesn’t help anyone.
When Paul comes back, a lot of the issues this team has will go away. However, it is concerning that they slumped so bad once he went out. Championship teams can overcome stuff like that. Maybe this is a bigger issue than we all had thought.