The Los Angeles Clippers are 43-20 after a full blown massacre, 142-94, of their hometown rival Los Angeles Lakers. Now, they have won six games in a row and are owners of the fifth best record in the NBA‘s Western Conference. That may not sound like much, but the Clippers could actually be the best team in the conference.
Chris Paul is healthy and playing terrific basketball. Darren Collison has been terrific as a backup to Paul and played well as the starter in his absence. Doc Rivers is one of the best coaches in the league. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are getting better by the day. In the last couple of weeks the Clippers have acquired high-level talent in Glen Davis and Danny Granger. If Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick can come back healthy, the Clippers have as deep a roster as any team in the conference. They have so much talent that an injury ravaged Lakers roster led by Pau Gasol had absolutely no chance of competing with the ultra-talented Clippers.
They can win in any fashion. With Paul, Griffin and Jordan they can run a fast, up-tempo offense. They also have the ability to score inside or spread the floor with their three-point shooting in half-court sets. The Clippers have the ability to clamp down and play tight defense when they need to.
It is scary to think how good this team could be once Redick and Crawford are healthy and on the court. Couple that with when Davis and Granger are fully acclimated with their teammates, and the sky is the limit for this team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers all have better records at the moment than the Clippers. For the season, they are 3-0 against the Rockets and 4-4 when facing the other three teams Each of these teams are playing very good basketball, but the overall talent and potential on each teams’ roster does not seem to compare to that of the Clippers.
The Clippers might very well be the best team in the West right now.