There are just some nights where things don’t go well. One of those nights happened to the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night on the road and across the border facing the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers shot just 35% in getting hammered 98-73. While nights like that may only happen once in a while, it can’t happen when playoff time gets here in two months. These are the kind of efforts that find teams exiting the playoffs very early.
The Clippers are 34-14 now after the loss and while that keeps them near the top of the Western Conference, you have to be concerned about scoring just 30 points in the first half and having Blake Griffin do basically everything on the night. Griffin is a great player but not one that can take a team on his shoulders and lead them to victory on a night in and night out basis. The team really needs Chris Paul back as soon as possible as it appears that the mojo the team has had while Paul has been out is disappearing.
Hopefully this can be chalked up to a rough night scoring on the road in an inter-conference matchup in Canada. If it becomes a trend however, there should be concern for the team that has been the second banana in Los Angeles for a long time. I’m sure things will be better when Paul returns but what happens if Paul ends up being out again at some point this season. This magical season may go up in smoke sooner than anyone thinks.