The Los Angeles Clippers have accrued a 46-21 record this season and are most likely going to win 50 games for the first time in the history of their franchise. Though that’s definitely impressive, that’s not enough for this team.
The Clippers want to make it to the NBA Finals. That’s probably a pipe-dream considering how well the Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing this season, but if the Clippers want to have a chance, they probably need to go into the playoffs as a two or three seed.
Currently, the Clippers occupy the third seed in the Western Conference, but the Memphis Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets trail them by just one game. The Grizzlies have been up-and-down as of late and have had their fair share of problems. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are clicking on all cylinders and have won 11-straight games. They are definitely threatening to make a run at the Clippers.
Because there are two teams with a reasonable chance at catching Los Angeles, the Clippers have to stay on their toes and not slip up over their remaining 15 games. One way they can prove that they are focused is by mowing through their next five games, none of which are against teams that should really cause L.A. problems.
Of their next five games, four of them are against teams that currently have losing records. The one team that they play with a winning record is the Brooklyn Nets, who, honestly, aren’t in the same class as the Clippers. The Clippers need to come into these games and not overlook these lesser opponents. They need to reel-off five victories and get rolling. At this point of their season, they can’t afford any bad losses, which is what losing to any of their next five opponents would have to be considered.