So Im watching the 25-40 LA Clippers run the 12-52 New Jersey Nets, who are playing without their star, Deron Williams. The Clippers, man. We should call them Team Dream Deferred. Watching the Clip Show dismantle the defending Eastern Conference champs Celtics 108-105 in Boston, you have to wonder what might have been. What if Baron “Doughnut” Davis had actually cared and came into the season actually ready to play instead of missing 14 of the 1st 18 games just being out of shape? The Clips started off 3-15 in those 18 games. What if Chris Kaman, who’s scored in double figures of 7 of the 10 games he’s played in since February, didn’t miss 45 games with a bad wheel? The Clippers went 19-26 without him. Imagining his sharp J and shot-blocking helping anchor the Clipper D? We saw DeAndre Jordan get into early foul trouble and Ike Diogu play big minutes at center. What if Eric Gordon’s wrist wasn’t made out of bamboo, and he didn’t miss 22 (and counting) games while rocking a faux-hawk? LA is only 6-16 without him, including horrifying losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors. This is all hypothetical, of course; I personally think that Mo Williams is a better fit for this team than Baron, but once Baron worked himself into shape, it’s not far-fetched to think that a healthy Clipper squad would be battling for a playoff spot, and NO ONE would want to see Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon for 7 games.
I’m watching the Clippers square off againt a New Jersey team missing their best player; honestly, for once I’m anticipating a fairly easy win. Blake and DeAndre already are baptizing Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries, and it’s only a matter of time until they pull away. The Clippers are simply too big up front and playing too confidently to lose to this depleted Nets.