The Los Angeles Clippers need to get greedy when they face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. What do we mean by this? Simple. Going into the week with three games on the schedule against three very good teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets, a 2-1 week would have be considered a good week.
Now that the Clippers have defeated the Wolves and the Thunder, they need to be thinking about the sweep for the week. Don’t be happy that the 2-1 week is clinched and take the night off. Go for a 3-0 week. That is how good teams become great teams. They get greedy.
Breaking the season down week by week, the Clippers were probably hoping they could start these first three at 6-4. With the early season schedule they were looking at, that would have been considered a really good start. One of the games they felt good about was the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers, which they promptly lost.
So after the Lakers loss, 5-5 probably sounded really good, especially if they would be informed that the game at the Orlando Magic would turn into a loss. But now, despite losing two they likely had figured as wins, they have a shot at a 7-3 start if they can jump on the struggling Nets.
To be a game ahead of schedule would be really nice considering the schedule is not letting up next week either. After the Nets, the Memphis Grizzlies come to town and then they are back on the road to face the T-Wolves and Thunder, two teams who will be out for payback. The Thunder should really be motivated considering the dust-up in last night’s Clippers win that saw Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes ejected. They will finish the week with the Sacramento Kings at home on Saturday. That looks like a 2-2 week which would be fine going in at 7-3. That would leave the Clippers 9-5 which feels a lot better than 8-6.
So this Nets game is a big one, and the Clippers need to win it. They need to be greedy.