Two tough opponents, two great wins. The Los Angeles Clippers are showing how dangerous of a team they can be. On Sunday the Clippers had a difficult road test against the feisty Denver Nuggets and left the mountain high city with a “W.” The following day the Clippers went up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have the best record in the NBA leading up to game time. The Clippers came locked and loaded as they displayed great three point shooting to send the Thunder home with a loss. The Clippers are looking fantastic and the scary thing is that they are only going to get better. Game after game the Clips are improving. As I mentioned in my lost blog the injury to PG Chris Paul slowed down the process. Now that he is back healthy the team is right back on track to make a deep playoff run. The win versus the Thunder is a possible Western Conference Finals preview. I’m just saying, by season’s end I believe the Thunder and Clippers will be the top two teams in the Western Conference. Here is a review of the two Clippers victories.
Win Over Denver Nuggets
It was a homecoming for PG/SG Chauncey Billups, playing against his former team in Denver. Mr. Big Shot had a terrific game scoring 32 points making 6/12 three point shots. The Clippers needed every one of those points since they found themselves trailing through the course of the game. Chris also pitched in with 25 points and 7 assists as great guard play and grit helped perserve the victory. Lastly, super sub PG Mo Williams also had 12 points coming off the bench, continuing his hot play. Williams is a serious contender for 6th Man of the Year. Great win by the Clippers; they are showing they can win on the road, something they could not do last season
Win Over the Thunder
Let me start by stating the obvious, “What a f***ing dunk.” Wow! Did you guys see that! It is hard to believe that PF Blake Griffin can top himself, but he keeps on doing it. The latest victim is C Kendrick Perkins. Blake is leaving no doubts that he is indeed the most exciting player in the NBA. Ok, let’s move on. The Clippers were on fire from the three point line in this game. They ended the first half on a 12-0 run with every field goal being a three pointer, giving the Clips a 19 point halftime lead.
Chris Paul had a remarkable leading the team with 26 points and 14 assists. What makes Chris such an amazing player is his ability to close out a game. During the closing moments of the fourth quarter, Chris scored eight straight points to seal the victory. It was a dominating performance by the Clippers. Every starter scored in double digits, including Mo Williams. This was a statement win by the Clippers, telling the league they are a team to be feared.
Chris Paul has the ability to take the Clippers to the NBA Finals. There is a reason the Lakers wanted him so badly. I am excited to see how good the Clippers can become. In my opinion they are a complete offensive team. They can shoot from the outside and inside, their transition offense is second to none, and the half court offense is improving. Do not forget about the defense, I think the Clippers are underrated in that aspect. Let’s Go Clips!!!!!!!!!!!