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Everything is smiling in Los Angeles At least for the Clippers.
The The Clippers started the season slow the scoring with a 3-7 record. Then they went all in and traded against Star guard James Harden earlier in the season. Despite signing the former MVP, the move initially had no immediate impact on the Clippers’ win column.
Since then, the Clippers have been red hot, winning nine of their last ten games with a recent record of 149-144 Win against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Clippers’ rise in the Western Conference was unexpected to say the least, as they earned victories against some of the league’s best teams such as the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the team will be able to hold on to number one in the West. However, their recent success has Clippers fans dreaming of championship glory.
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Los Angeles Clippers: Role players on the rise
Head coach Tyrone Lue has found the right balance to complement the team’s star players.
Former league MVP Russell Westbrook has embraced the bench role and provided needed value to the Clippers’ second unit.
Role players like Terrance Mann and Daniel Thesis have provided toughness and floor spacing for the Clippers. Despite early bumps in the road, James Harden has settled well into his role on the team as the third option.
Futuremoere Kwahi Leornard looks to be one of the best players in the league, averaging 24.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per night.
Los Angeles Clippers: Hunt for the Ring
It’s no secret that the Clippers have yet to have the success they hoped for during the Kwahi and Paul George era.
Both joined the team in the 2019 offseason hoping to win a championship in LA. Injuries have unhinged both players and kept them from the elusive championship.
Los Angeles was eliminated in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs by Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns. Still, with their recent success and contributions from role players, the Clippers are poised to give their championship ambitions a strong boost.
The Clippers look to stay on their winning ways tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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