It is officially year five of the Clippers “big 3” experiment, when is it time to call it a failure?
A team constructed of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan have to be good right? Each one of them are in the top five of their respective positions and that should alone get them at least to the NBA Finals right? Right?
Get this; The Clippers have not made it out the second round of the playoffs EVER! Even with how great Paul, Griffin, and Jordan are, they have not been able to get over that playoff hump.
Now the small forward position (currently occupied by 38 year-old Paul Pierce) has always been a relatively weak spot on the roster, they’ve not been able to bring a capable starter in that role that could help. The Clippers have also not had a viable backup point guard since Eric Bledsoe, but the lack of playoff success is unacceptable. Not to mention the off-court “fight” Griffin had with the teams athletic trainer.
Cleveland is coming off winning a championship and Golden State landed free agent Kevin Durant, that leaves the Clippers in a very tough spot. Yes they are a good (regular season) team, but even on paper they are not even close to as good as either of the teams that were just mentioned. J.J. Redick is still one of the best three point shooters in the league and Jamal Crawford is one of the best sixth men, but both are major liabilities on defense. An issue which certainly doesn’t help LA at all.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. Those are just a few of the wings that the Clips will face if they want to win a championship. Throw in the Andrew Wiggins and Devin Bookers of the world and the Clippers have younger problems to deal with on the wing during the regular season. If you think Pierce (who has already confirmed that this is his last year) is going to stop them (or anyone at that), the Clippers might as well call it a night.
Whether it is because of injuries or just sheer ineptitude, the Clippers need to do better. And fast!
Come next season, both Griffin and Paul will be free agents, and if they can not make it to at least the conference finals this season, do not be surprised if they look to take their talents elsewhere.