Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Clippers, formerly the laughing stock of the league, is now making waves, and taking down some of the league’s top teams.
Just this week, the Clippers have taken down the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, and the red hot Miami Heat, showing they’re not going to back down from anyone.
The story of the Los Angeles Clippers has been, of course, rookie sensation Blake Griffin.
Since his first game in the league, he has electrified the crowd, and has left arenas awestruck with his gravity defying dunks, and relentless energy.
His high octane play has rubbed off on his teammates, and has turned the Clippers into a hot ticket.
Sharp Shooter Eric Gordon has also been a consistent force for the team. His solid perimeter shooting has been critical for the Clippers. In fact, since their January 5 game against the Denver Nuggets.
Gordon has not scored less than 23 points in a game.
Gordon, however, is by no means strictly an outside shooter. He is known for his aerial maneuvers as well, and hang time that belies his 6’3 height.
Together with Griffin, they make for the Clippers dazzling air show.
The emergence of center DeAndre Jordan in the absence of Chris Kaman has been a big reason for the sudden rise of the Clippers. With their size, length and strength, Jordan’s tandem with Griffin gives the Clippers one of the most athletic front courts in the league today.
His exceptional play, which includes and 20 rebound effort against the Nuggets, has fuel Kaman trade rumors.
Although it’s too early to hand over the starting center spot to Jordan upon Kaman’s return. It must be comforting to know the potential their young center has for their future.
After being heckled by the owner of his very own team, Baron Davis’ play has seems to have picked up big time.
Davis began the season recovering from injuries, and very much out of shape.
He has worked hard to get back into game weight, and though his shooting percentage still leaves much to be desired, he has assumed the veteran leadership role for this young team.
If Davis can keep his head on straight, this team can go places.
The season hasn’t reached the halfway mark yet, but the Clippers have a long way to go if they want to reach the Western Conference playoffs. They have shown that they are a team that fears no one, and can rise to the challenge that the best teams of the league may bring. With stars such as Gordon and Griffin on their team, they’re going to be very exciting to watch.