With seven games remaining ing in the season, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro was having trouble motivating his team down the stretch. However, even Los Angeles’ lackluster effort ended up being an easy win at home against the Phoenix Suns.
DeAndre Jordan finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Chris Paul tallied 15 points and 12 assists as the Clippers won 126-101.
Del Negro’s squad has secured a position in the Western Conference playoffs, but in the final six games a lot could go wrong for the Clippers. Los Angeles looks uninterested in the remaining games of the season which could give them a terrible sense of mind when entering the most important portion of the year.
Los Angeles has played well enough this season to be safe from losing a playoff spot this late in the season, but the Memphis Grizzlies are close behind them. It’s all but locked up that the Clippers and the Grizzlies will meet in the first round of the playoffs and the next few cames will determine home court advantage for the fifth seed.
It’s not like a high-flying, energetic team like the Clippers to look bored during a game. During the first half of their matchup with the Suns, Los Angeles led by only seven. Later on the Suns’ incompetence allowed the Clippers to pull away.
The Clippers are clearly a very talented team, but with performances like Wednesday night’s, it’s hard to tell how they’ll do in the playoffs.
John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.