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The Los Angeles Clippers endured another losing season Sunday to the Utah Jazz in a 7 game series. This is the 3rd season in the last 5 that the Clippers have lost in the first round, and it leads to speculation for the future of this team and their head coach Doc Rivers.
The media has been asking and pondering for months what the future holds for the Clippers and their free agents Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick. Would the core be brought back to try to finally compete for a championship or would things be broken up after so many unsuccessful and under-achieving seasons?
When fully healthy, the Clippers were a powerhouse. Between Paul at the point, Griffin down low along with center Deandre Jordan, Redick and Jamal Crawford, they weren’t weak at any position. Injuries always seemed to hurt this team when they were at their highest, and that was their Achilles heel every season.
So who’s to blame? In four of Griffin’s seven seasons, he has played in less than 70 games. He also has a tendency to suffer injuries during the most important stretch of the season, the playoffs. Jordan is a fantastic rebounder and can catch alley-oops with ease, but has little-to-no offensive game. Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA, but seems to be on a team he’s not best suited for. Should we blame coach Doc Rivers whose been accused of lacking imagination and being too basic in his coaching?
The Clippers have never gotten out of the second round, so why would you bring this group back? There seems to be optimism around the future of their core which is surprising.
They need a total reboot. Whether you trade Griffin for Carmelo Anthony or look at letting Paul go and looking at different options, I’m not sure, but something needs to change. Maybe Doc Rivers should stop assuming the GM role and focus on the coaching role more. Either way, it would be my guess that Griffin is the odd man out.
The truth is, they were in trouble before the Griffin injury and things don’t seem to be looking up at all. I see changes happening next year granted the Clippers front office recognizes these same problems.
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Published on 5/2/17 at 10:23 AM EDT.Share this post on:
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