The Los Angeles Clippers continue to slip in the Western Conference Standings. Stop me you have heard this before, the Clippers lose back to back games, this time to the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics. The Clippers have been dropping back to back games quite frequently lately, yet they always find a way to avoid a three game losing streak. But the trend of continuously losing two of three games will not help the Clips get into the playoffs, let alone a high seed. Not sure what has been happening in Lob City. The season started off so well and the Clippers were looking like true contenders. One of the main reasons for the Clippers struggle is the season ending injury to guard Chauncey Billups, which I knew would hurt the Clippers, but not to this extent. The Clippers need to find out how to get off to a quick start, recently they start the game in a lackluster approach and find themselves down by double digits. The Clippers do find a way to battle back into the game, but ultimately come up short. Now we cannot forget that some of the recent losses have come in the heartbreaking variety. Those games could have easily been “W’s” and we are not having this discussion. The Atlanta Hawks are next on the schedule and the game it will have a must win kind of atmosphere.
The Hawks and the Clippers are similar teams; they have similar records (Hawks are 24-17, Clippers are 23-17), both have multiple all-star caliber players, and both basically wear the same team colors (sorry couldn’t think of anything else). I really believe this is a game the Clippers should win. The matchups are in the Clippers favor. I do not think there is anyone on the Hawks roster that can contain forward Blake Griffin. Josh Smith has been filling the void at power forward for the Hawks due to the injury to Al Horford. Although Smith is a great defensive player, he is too small to slow down Blake.
When it comes to the point guard matchup, Chris Paul should have his way against Jeff Teauge. Teauge has played well for the Hawks thus far this season, but I do not see him ever being an all-star. On the other hand, Chris Paul is a top ten player in the NBA. Whenever the Clippers have come off back to back losses, CP3 rises to the occasion in the third game, which means bad news for the Hawks. Lastly, forward Caron Butler is a great defender. Expect him to keep Joe Johnson’s scoring to a minimum during Wednesday’s game
Clippers are going to win the game 102-89. The Clippers will continue playing well in order to avoid a three game losing streak. The Clips have lost four of their last five games; a win is much needed in order to make any kind of run at a high seed. Last time I saw the Clippers were sixth in the Western Conference. LET’S GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!