The Los Angeles Clippers are bound for the NBA Playoffs for their second straight season this year, having already locked up their berth in the postseason. However, most people agree that this year’s team is much better than the team they trotted out on the floor last season. That explains why they are on the verge of winning 50 games for the first time in franchise history.
However, Los Angeles has been trying to capture that 50th victory over their past two games. In both games, one against the San Antonio Spurs and one against the Houston Rockets, the Clippers have fallen short in their plight. They will have another opportunity to get that elusive victory on Monday night when they play the Indiana Pacers.
If the Clippers want to set the franchise record for wins in a season, they are going to have to be improved defensively from how they played in the month of March. Their defense and their effort in March were lacking, and didn’t resemble what you would expect a 50-win team to play like.
For the season, the Clippers have allowed just 94.5 points per game while holding their opponents to 44.4 percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent from three. They have also forced their opponents to commit 16.4 turnovers per game.
However, the Clippers allowed 97.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and 39.8 percent 3-point shooting in March. They also only forced 14.9 turnovers per game in March as well. That’s probably why they finished just 7-7 over the month.
The Clippers are unquestionably one of the best teams in the Western Conference and in the entire league. However, if they want to realize their potential this season, they have to buckle down and not take games off, something that they’ve seemingly been doing over the past couple of weeks. They have to stay focused and give 100 percent effort every time they step on the floor.
If they don’t, they may still get their 50 win eventually, but they won’t have much success beyond that.