The more I think about the Clippers and watch them play, is the more I believe the L.A. Clippers have a heart problem.
As we all know by now the Clips have been eliminated by the Houston Rockets, a team who the Clips were reported as saying they would beat after winning against the Spurs, but lost to despite being up 3-1 in the series.
Sure Chris Paul showed up and Blake Griffin put up terrific numbers– and although I don’t believe it’s fair to place blame on any one individual or individuals–after watching how the Clips responded to pressure in game 6 and 7, the image of fear and helplessness is stained in my mind, and maybe all of us who believed in them after years of mediocrity.
Is Chris Paul’s legacy questioned–barring a return to the semi’s and ultimately getting past that to win a championship–I would say yes. At the end of the day you have to look at the leader of the team, which is Chris Paul.
DeAndre Jordan will be a free agent this summer, and many other underachieving players including Jamal Crawford and Spencer Hawes, will be looked at in trades. The Clips also hope to improve the depth of their bench.
Hopefully the Clippers and Chris Paul can recover from this blemish that only getting to the finals, and ultimately winning a championship can completely heal.