In what may be nothing more than a bridge year from one star-studded era to the next, Los Angeles can still quietly become one of the NBA's most pleasant surprises.
There's a fine line between being a reporter and being a punk-ass backseat coach, and Doc Rivers was happy to draw it last night.
With three of their four stars eligible for free agency this summer, this is the Clippers' last, best chance for a run at the title. They are peaking at the right time, but will it be enough?
Feuds are breaking out left and right in the NBA, just in time for All-Star break.
Will continuing to plug and play junk-pile wings with Paul, Reddick, Griffin, and Jordan be enough to get the Clippers past the Warriors?
Chris Paul's thumb injury is proof the Clippers are cursed, but what repercussions does it have for the team's playoff hopes this season, and beyond?
Defeating Golden State will require discipline, talent, (lots of) luck, and the ability to muffle a fireworks display. There's reason to believe the Los Angeles Clippers have what it takes.
NBA history shows that championship teams are remarkably healthy, which could bode well for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their Finals rematch against Golden State and a possibly ailing Steph Curry.
Each year, the Clippers fight to exorcise the ghosts of last season's postseason heartbreak. This year, they went out bravely, but things still feel familiar.