Even in the midst of the most successful era of the franchise, there was still something very hateable about the Clippers. Chris Paul dribbling…and dribbling…and dribbling. Doc Rivers’s comically hoarse voice. Players complaining en masse after every foul. A bench filled with players who would be over the hill in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league. Chris Paul still dribbling.
It became all too easy to dislike the Clippers, even when they played textbook defense and ran one of the most efficient offenses outside of Golden State. When Paul, after six years in L.A., finally left this summer, the Clips took a risk, re-signing Blake Griffin (and his injury history) and deciding not to rebuild in the uber-competitive West. With unclear expectations headed into this year, the Clips have outperformed even the best predictions in the season’s first two weeks.
Los Angeles has started the season 4–0, including a thrilling win over the Blazers on Thursday night. Griffin secured the victory with 16 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning three as time expired.
Are the Clippers a better team without Paul? Let’s not even entertain that idea. But there’s certainly something more aesthetically pleasing with this current version of Lob City, and that starts with Griffin, who’s been given the keys to the franchise.
When fully healthy, Griffin is simply a problem for
Article source: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/10/27/blake-griffin-clippers-start-blazers-chris-paul-danilo-gallinari
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