A lot has been made of the Los Angeles Clippers and their not-so-impressive start in this NBA season. They’re third in the Pacific Division with a record of 7-4, one game behind the Golden State Warriors and two games back to the surprise division-leading Portland Trailblazers. Panic is part of the average pessimistic Clipper fan’s DNA, but the NBA regular season is a marathon and a cross country road trip with the in-laws all in one.
Losing the season opener to the Los Angeles Lakers was a giant step in the wrong direction for the Clippers, but two of their remaining three loses were against elite veteran teams that aren’t in any hurry to pass the reigns. The Clippers started this season with many new additions to their roster, including first-year Clipper head coach Doc Rivers. Yet, the team’s chemistry on offense has been surprisingly good for a locker room full of veterans still using names tags to identify one another. But the team isn’t showing the same signs of synergy on defense.
The Clippers are below .500 on the road, which can be contributed to their generosity on defense. Rivers brings with him a defensive philosophy that has won a title for his former Boston Celtics‘ organization, yet the Clippers rank 29th in the league in points allowed. Clipper center DeAndre Jordan is well on his way to defensive “stud” status, but changing the culture of a team in one month is unrealistic, if not impossible.
This will take timely rotations by Rivers to be effective in a league of born scorers, but as it stands now, the Clippers’ offensive show isn’t translating when the opposition has the ball in their hands.
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