Chris Paul Has Huge Game, But Are Los Angeles Clippers Overrated?

By Shane Phillips
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers are good for highlights and the No. 1 play on SportsCenter, and that’s about it. Despite all the hype and commotion surrounding the ugly duckling of L.A., the Clippers are still overrated. Yes, that’s right, overrated, even with a 16-9 record and the fourth spot in the NBA Western Conference.

Don’t get me wrong, they are a good team and they proved it Saturday night against the Washington Wizards. After suffering a disappointing loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, they were able to bounce back for a 113-97 win. Here comes the disturbing part. Chris Paul had 38 points and 12 assists. Sure, that’s fantastic, but the problem is that he does everything! Paul scores, steals, dishes; heck, without him, Blake Griffin would be running around like a chicken with his head chopped off and airhead DeAndre Jordan might be a bench warmer.

It is so obvious that Paul is the heart, brain, lungs — he’s every vital organ that this team needs to survive. Look at the roster and you’ll see there are some solid names there like Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley, Griffin and Jordan, but none of those players are star caliber, take-over-the-game type players. Crawford used to be that guy, but he has since aged.

Once again, Clippers fans will be angry and upset with this team come the postseason. They will make the postseason, but it will be another letdown like the last couple of years. Paul can’t do it by himself. Take him out of the game, and Los Angeles loses, it’s that simple. I would like to see the Clippers succeed because of all the years of misery and despair, but there is just not enough depth. This team is great for highlights and entertainment, that’s about it.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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