By Nick Villano @nick_villano on May 5, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers are by far the most talked about franchise in this year's playoffs. They are the center of attention thanks to the racist comments of their soon-to-be former owner Donald Sterling, which were released by TMZ. Despite that, they disposed of a very formidable Warriors team in the first round. They are going to use this momentum to upset the Thunder. Here are five reasons why.
The Clippers are sending out DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin as the starters at center and power forward every night. They might have the best frontcourt in the league. They can play a great inside out game. You can see how well they use them just by how many alley-oops they pull off. They are much better than the duo of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Ibaka is a good player, but doesn't compare to Griffin.
The bench of the Clippers is one of their biggest strengths. As good as their starters are, they have just as good of talent coming off the bench. Highlighted by Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford, the bench score 35 points per game in the last series. They have role players like Danny Granger and Darren Collison. Even Glen Davis is showing to be a worthwhile player on this team. Outside of Reggie Jackson, the Thunder don't have a bench.
Nothing like a racist owner to get your team to come together. This team has been on an emotional roller coaster over the last two weeks. Head coach Doc Rivers has this team taking that out on the basketball court. They realize now that the goal has not changed. Adam Silver made the decision that would help this team move on. Now they are a true team while they try to take down Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
The Clippers have one of the best coaches in the NBA in Rivers. The Thunder don't. Scott Brooks is said to be on the hot seat after disappointing many in his coaching style. Every decision Brooks makes is questioned. Every decision Rivers makes is celebrated. Nobody is questioning whether the Clips will want Rivers back next season.
Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA. Russell Westbrook is a great scoring PG, but Paul is going to take it as a challenge to try and stop him. This is where Paul needs to shine. In Game 7, he scored 22 points with 14 assists and four steals without sitting on the bench once. He will thrive in this series.
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