Talent doesn’t win championships. You would think a team with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamaal Crawford, J.J. Reddick, and DeAndre Jordan would win something. Too bad we aren’t always right.
The Los Angeles Clippers choked once again by losing to the Utah Jazz in the first round in 7 games. This marks the sixth year in a row they failed to make the Western Conference Finals. Last year you may have given the Clippers a pass based on all the injuries they suffered but lob city deserves all the hate for the other series losses. Yes Blake Griffin was out for the rest of the playoffs this year after suffering a foot injury but with all that talent there is no way they shouldn’t have won anything over these past couple years.
It has become a way of life at this point where we see the Clippers losing in the NBA playoffs. Death, taxes, and the Clippers losing. They have a “big 3” and two contenders for sixth man of the year in Reddick and Crawford. Their coach, Doc Rivers, has one a championship but at the end of the day it can be argued he isn’t even a top 10 coach in the league right now.
With Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both potentially hitting free agency, it seems that the Clippers (terrible) run is over. Griffin has become a scapegoat for LA fans and Chris Paul may be tired of losing. If both leave, the team will most likely have daddy’s boy, Austin Rivers, manning the point. I don’t think Chris Paul will leave Clipper land but Blake Griffin seems destined to leave. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers prove to be players for Griffin and he may be happy with a fresh start.
The Clippers may feel inclined to move on because of their lack of success but they may have to try and keep Paul and Griffin unless they want to be at the top of the NBA lottery for the next 10 years.
It sucks to see the Clippers not fulfill their potential but it shows you how great sports are. It doesn’t matter the names you have on your team and it doesn’t matter the talent. The Jazz do have a lot of talent but compared to the Clippers? Not even close. It will be interesting to see what happens to the Clippers this offseason but their time as the kings of LA in the NBA seems to have come to a bitter end.