Was there any doubt that the Los Angeles would turn around their season and go on a five game winning streak to put themselves a game back from the third seed in the Western Conference? Ok, you got me; I did not see this coming. But I must say that I knew the Clippers did have this kind of run in them. The reason for the great run is not necessarily the great offensive play from guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin; it has been the defense. It’s funny how some clichés never die, in this instance it is “offense wins games but defense wins championships.” If the Clippers want to beat teams like the Mavs, Spurs, or Thunder; they will have to get it done in the defensive end. Let us worry about that later, for the moment I want to continue enjoying the current winning streak. Awwwwww, finally the Clippers have it going.
For those that do not know the Clippers victims have been the Grizzlies, Hornets, Suns, Blazers, and Jazz (in that order). The remarkable aspect of the winning streak is that all but one game (the Blazers) has not been close. The Clips have easily found ways to build double digit leads and sustain them for the majority of the game. The Blazers proved to be the only worthy foes during the current streak. For whatever reason the Blazers play the Clippers tough and for a large portion of the game the Clippers found themselves comfortably ahead. All of a sudden in the fourth quarter the Clips found themselves down and were about to let another win slip away from their grasp.
To my surprise the Clippers were able to pull off the victory. I feel like the formula is simple for the Clippers in a close fourth quarter game; give the ball to CP3. It’s not rocket science. Anytime the Clips follow that formula; good things happen. By letting him score or create for his teammates it gives the Clippers a 99% better chance of closing out the game. It’s insane when CP3 does not have the ball in his hands during crunch time.
The Clippers will now head to Dallas to face the Mavericks in a potential first round match up. The Clippers and Mavs have split their first two meetings of the season. A win is important for the Clippers if they want to retake the Pacific Division lead (currently the Lakers have a game lead over the Clips). Hopefully the Clips are not looking ahead to the Lakers as they face them on Wednesday night in a nationally televised game (can’t wait!). I see the Clips to keep feeding off their momentum and beat the Mavs in a highly contested game; final score 104-102. LET’S GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!