By Kareem Gantt on June 10, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers were on cloud nine and were a lock to get out of the ultra-competitive Western Conference and make the team's first NBA Finals appearance. Then, Clippers owner Donald Sterling opened his mouth, and just like that, the joyous euphoria that had marked the Clippers' run was gone, and L.A. was bounced from the playoffs. So, how can the Clippers get back into gear next season? Let's find out.
Blake Griffin took his game to new heights this season, rounding out his offensive game and becoming a force to be reckon with. The Clippers will benefit greatly if Griffin can continue the evolution of his game so he can lead the Clippers to the promise land.
Glen Davis was inconsistent after signing with the Clippers at mid-season. Davis has the talent to be a force inside off the bench, but he must develop consistency.
The bench let the Clippers down in their second round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jamal Crawford cannot carry the bench by himself, and the bench will have to step up in key games in order for the Clippers to be contenders next season.
Despite the advances in Griffin's game, the Clippers still go as far as Chris Paul takes them. The superstar point guard has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, and this is why it is important for Griffin to continue to evolve his offensive game. The Clippers cannot wear out there star guard if they want to continue to be contenders next season.
Whether you side with him or not, we can all conclude that the sooner Donald Sterling exits stage left, the better. If this drama drags on into next season, it could be draining and devastating for the Clippers.
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