The Los Angeles Clippers started the season off hot but are struggling to remain competitive.
It’s one thing to lose to the NBA’s elite teams, but the Clippers are dropping games to middle-of-the-pack teams as well. The reason is simple; they don’t have a closer.
After starting the season with a 4-0 record, L.A. has lost seven out of their last eight games, including a five-game skid. Although the team’s starting lineup is star-studded and their bench has talent, that hasn’t equaled sustained success for the Clippers so far.
The departure of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets and J.J. Redick to the Philadelphia 76ers was certainly going to be an adjustment but despite these losses, the Clippers’ roster remained strong enough to compete.
No one expected the Clippers to be in the top half of the Western Conference but they’re currently only one game better than the Los Angeles Lakers.
Four out of the Clippers’ last five losses have been determined by less than 10 points, which means the team is competitive but just can’t close games.
This is where not having Paul to lead the way hurts them the most.
In a year that should be Blake Griffin’s re-coming out party, and one where he can prove to be the guy in L.A., he’s fallen short of the mark in the Clipper’s last several games.
In order for the L.A. to get back on track, Griffin has to be more aggressive and will his team to wins.
The Clippers have enough good role players to stay in games but they need their star to start taking over.