Los Angeles- It’s almost impossible for the Clippers to win every game left on their schedule, but if they want to hold on to the No. 3 seed in the West, they will have to start playing postseason basketball starting today in Sacramento.
These last games will give the Clippers a glimpse of where they stand heading into the playoffs. Now is the time to play at a playoff intensity level because Memphis and Denver are patiently waiting for the Clippers to slip up; they’re only one game behind the Clippers for the third seed in the West. Blake Griffin and his teammates are very alert of what could transpire if they don’t treat every game like it’s a huge win.
“You want to be playing not just for the seeding, but you just want to be playing well going into the playoffs obviously,’ Griffin said.”It’s the time when everybody’s intensity needs to be turned up, and we need to be failed in for every game, no matter who we’re playing, home or away. We need every game; they’re all big games here on out.”
The Clippers have already loss to the Grizzlies, Nuggets, Thunder, and Spurs, teams they’ll more than likely have to face in the Western Conference playoffs. But they aren’t troubled about what happened in the past; the future will make or break their playoff hopes.
If the Clippers can’t maintain the No.3 seed in the West, there will be trouble in paradise. Having home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs is a big deal. Last year, the Clippers struggled with the fourth-seeded Grizzlies. Somehow, some way, the Clippers were able to leave the Grit-N-Grind city with a win in game 7. It wasn’t an easy victory, but they made a way. The Clippers don’t want that to happen again this year. They must play tough, physical basketball to win at least 13 of their last fifteen games. That would at least keep hope alive.
It doesn’t matter what seed the Clippers end up with playing in the postseason. Every team that will be competing in the Western Conference playoffs as of today won’t be a cakewalk to go through. From this point on nothing will be gentle for the Clippers, if they want it they’ll have to go out and get it.
Expect to see a lot of ball control from Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Paul will be the facilitator and calling all the shots on the floor from here on out until the end of the season. The Clippers will definitely need Paul’s genius basketball mind and big heart to win out and secure that No. 3 seed.
“It’s not tough to stay focused, because we haven’t been playing the style that we want to play,’ Paul said.”We can get better, so it’s important for us to focus on these last 15 games.”