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Clippers rout hapless 76ers
The Clippers with Chris Paul just might be the team no one wants to play once playoff time comes around. Take their 123-78 dismantling of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, perhaps summed up best by the video above. Obviously this has the "they're playing a very bad team" disclaimer, but plays like that show just how explosive the Clippers can be with a healthy Chris Paul. That play came after the team jumped out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter, which tends to be when Lob City makes a comeback. Paul and Griffin may never translate their chemistry into a title, but they're sure fun to watch.
The Clippers have a problem common to teams that approach offense with a fanatic's zeal: They can't stop other teams from matching them point-for-point. Los Angeles is giving up 102.1 points per game, the sixth-worst mark in the league, and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak in which it allowed the Hawks to drop 107 points on it. Chris Paul thinks the Clippers need to find a defensive identity, but when you're coming off a game in which the opposing team shoots 52.2 percent from 3-point range, it might simply be that you don't have the personnel to do the job.
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What to make of Western Conf.?
A week after the now-infamous Matt Barnes-Serge Ibaka scuffle and aftermath, the Oklahoma City Thunder exacted revenge against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thanks to Kevin Durant's 28 points and Ibaka's 17 (on 8-of-10 shooting), OKC beat the Chris Paul-led Clippers 105-91. This leaves the Clippers (8-5) closer to the ninth spot in the Western Conference than the first, while keeping the Thunder (8-3) in third, two games back of the soaring San Antonio Spurs. In second? The surprising Portland Trail Blazers (10-2). What do we make of the early developments out West?
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Will Clippers win post-'Lob City'?
"Lob City" is dead. Long live ... "Doc City"? Whatever you call it, it the Los Angeles Clippers need a new nickname, as Blake Griffin said new coach Doc Rivers is putting an end to the beloved (and short-lived) moniker. Not that Clips fans will be too distressed; with a championship-winning coach replacing Vinny Del Negro -- and a shored-up bench offering a new dynamic to a team that won 56 games a season ago but exited in the first round of the playoffs -- things are looking brighter than ever on the "other" side of Staples Center.