NBA Los Angeles Clippers

2013 NBA Playoffs: LA Clippers Have an Opportunity to Succeed

Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers lost out to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semi-Finals last season, but that was their first year with Chris Paul at point guard. This season, the Clippers are competing in almost every game, and most of their losses against top NBA opposition came by two possessions or less. Ready to improve on their playoff performance from last season, Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the rest of “Lob City” have their sights set on a spot in the Western Conference Finals and possibly the NBA Finals.

The Western Division of the NBA is clearly the more difficult conference, and a run to the NBA Finals will be extremely tough. However, the Clippers have proven they are not a team to be taken lightly by winning two of three games so far against the San Antonio Spurs (the first place team in the Western Conference). The Clippers match-up extremely well with the Spurs, and San Antonio does not want to play them in any round of the playoffs. A Clippers-Spurs series could be the first major upset of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

Paul and Griffin have made highlight reel after highlight reel this season with impressive passes and high-flying dunks but are both ready to bring some kind of trophy back to their half of Los Angles. With the Los Angeles Lakers skirting the edges of playoff contention, the Clippers finally have an opportunity to be more than just “that other team in LA.” An impressive performance in the NBA Playoffs would create a lot more fans across the country and cement the Clippers’ position as a top team in the Western Conference.