The key to the Los Angeles Clippers‘ playoff success won’t be an individual player. It will be the adjustments the team makes in the locker room at halftime that lead the team to a championship.
The Clippers were neck in neck with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of their contest before they pulled away in the second half of the game for a dominating win. Performances like this are exactly what the Clippers need to be successful in the playoffs this season.
In the postseason, the first half matters, but it’s the second half which separates the championship contenders from championship pretenders. If the Clippers continue to have solid second halves, they will find themselves deep in the playoffs come June and could possibly make it all the way to the NBA Finals.
Most of the team’s second-half adjustments will fall on the shoulders of head coach Doc Rivers. His championship experience will pay dividends this post season as no other team in the Western Conference will be more prepared to make second-half adjustments. The rest will fall on court generals Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Both Paul and Griffin have excellent game IQ and will be more than prepared to notify Rivers and the coaching staff of necessary adjustments during halftime.
With the combination of Rivers, Paul and Griffin the Clippers are well equipped to be legitimate title contenders this season. Once playoff time rolls around, the Clippers will be the most dangerous second-half team in the Western Conference.