Clippers Notebook: The Clippers are Shining Bright

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have the Los Angeles off to a fast start. Photo Credit: Gary George II

The Los Angeles Clippers are legit. If you didn’t know, now you really know. Already, the Clippers have beaten four predictable playoff contender teams. The Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have all been whipped by the Clippers. It’s still early in the season but it looks like things will get beautiful before they get ugly.

The Clippers have been tested and so far they have earned straight A’s on their report card. The Clippers had a tough schedule to start the season and luckily they’ve been fortunate to play most of their games at home. Despite their superb performance at the Staples Center thus far, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro isn’t ready to own any bragging rights.
“These wins are good, but we’re playing at home and we expect to win,” Del Negro said.
I’m not sure if anyone predicted the Clippers to start this hot. I’m talking smoking hot. They were a good team last season but what we are witnessing is kind of hard to fathom. I don’t know who pissed the Clippers off -but they’re playing with a strong feeling of displeasure. It’s safe to say they are the best basketball team in Los Angeles with a 6-2 record.
“It’s early, very early,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Just keep playing the right way every night.”
The Clippers showed the defending 2011-12 NBA champions what talent looked like on Wednesday night,  after defeating the Miami Heat 107-100. The Clippers second unit out scored Miami starters in the fourth quarter 20-4. Yes, their roster is that deep and I really hope other NBA teams are taking the Clippers latest acts serious. As a matter of fact, both of superstar players-Blake Griffin and Paul were able to cheer on their teammates from the bench tonight late in the third and quarter.
“That’s the first time I’ve been able to sit on the bench and almost be a fan,” Griffin said.
I’ve noticed a slight difference between the Clippers this season and last season. The players seem to be more aware of their role on the team. Every player looks comfortable out their shooting the ball. It’s not a one man or two man show, it’s about playing as a team to win games. Another thing that stand outs in the locker room is that all the players call each other brother and they have a bond with one another.
Its only going to get better for this squad in the days to come. They are so locked in and focused it’s scary, and Chauncey Billups or Grant Hill has yet to suit up due to injuries. These are two veteran guys who will be a huge asset to this team when they return. That’s  why when you evaluate this team it’s almost unreal. They’ve more than enough weapons to compete for a championship, but we still have to wait and see if they can compete on a high level in the playoffs. Only time will tell.

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