In a conversation with Dave McEnamin of ESPN, Metta World Peace told him he thought the Los Angeles Clippers would be the NBA champions by the end of the postseason:
“I had the Clippers winning, but then nobody showed up,” World Peace told me this week. “I had the Clippers winning but then everybody forgot how to play basketball. Then I had Memphis winning, but Memphis was happy with making it to the conference finals.”
With the additions of Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes, the emergence of Eric Bledsoe and the return of Chauncey Billups, many around the league thought the Clippers had a punchers chance of representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Their run through the month of December was being justified as proof that the Clips are legit because, fair or not fair, a lot of people doubted the team based on it’s history.
Once Chris Paul suffered a knee bruise in January the team came back down to Earth. As the four seed, a lot of pundits chose them to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies for the second year in a row, but between the supporting cast (Billups, Bledsoe, Butler) coming up short and Blake Griffin’s injury, they were defeated in five games.
With the return of Paul and a new head coach, 2013-14 may be a better year, but they definitely fell short this season.