The Los Angeles Clippers and their 16-time NBA World Champion roommates are starting to share a striking resemblance — they’re slumping. In years past, that would have meant long playoff runs, league-wide fan fair and city permits pulling a late spring celebration down Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. While the Clipper have yet to experience the spoils of winning everything, the Los Angeles Lakers are years removed from those golden years
The Lakers are currently two games under .500 and embedded in a nightmare five-game losing slump. The Clippers have looked like a contender this season, until “Santa” delivered back-to-back loses over the holidays despite all-world performances by the Clippers dual-threat Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Both losses to the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers ended with the ball in Paul’s hand and a clean look at the basket. With two dribbles and a step-back, Paul is automatic. But against the Warrior, it wasn’t even close. Paul was impressive in the loss even with Griffin and his 14 rebounds were sent to locker room for a polite altercation with the Warriors’ Angrew Bogut.
Griffin has had a very consistent 2013 season. He has improved his free throw shooting to 70 percent, making him more aggressive in the paint. The once notoriously bashful shooter is now inviting contact and walking to the free-throw line no longer suspecting that the word “free” was a just figure of speech.
Griffin was also impressive in the Clippers’ overtime loss to the Trailblazers. However, after looking at Paul’s 34 points, 16 assist and six steals, one might want to reconsider the meaning of the word “impressive”.
Christopher Brown is a writer fro RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @whatrockschris.