The Los Angeles Clippers find themselves at a crucial point in their franchise’s championship endeavors. Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger, Blake Griffin isn’t getting any less injury prone, and DeAndre Jordan isn’t getting any closer to 50% from the free-throw line.
The Clippers find themselves the fifth best team in the Western Conference, just one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies in seventh place. LA have lost their past three games, going into Saturday night’s nationally televised game against reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
But if you ask head coach, Doc Rivers, his Clippers aren’t struggling. “I look at it like a work in progress,” Rivers said.
“We’re looked at in a different lens,” Rivers told the OC Register. “I don’t think Golden State is worried about struggling right now. It’s part of the season. Cleveland has lost four out of five, but for whatever reason, if we don’t play great, it’s a different lens.”
“Maybe because they won a title they get the benefit of the doubt,” Rivers said. “I thought that early in the year. We had all these injuries, no one mentions it. And Golden State has a couple and it’s the end of the world for them.”
If Rivers would go and take a quick look at the NBA standings, he’d realize one major difference between his Clippers and the teams he mentioned, Cleveland and Golden State. Amidst their “struggle”, both the Cavaliers and Warriors lead their conference, while the Clippers obviously do not.
With the playoffs looming and the Clippers sticking with a short bench, questions were asked of the team possibly adding a player as they fight for the grandest prize in basketball. Coach Rivers would go on to say there is a “50-50” chance.
“We’re always looking at it,” Rivers said, adding, “We’re looking at everything.”
After resting Griffin and Jordan against the short-handed Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, the Clippers will be raring and ready to go against the Cavaliers on Saturday night.