Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin’s Return
Don’t look now, but the Clippers may be firing on all cylinders.
Blake Griffin returned from a 15-game absence on March 15, and after a loss in the first game against Houston, Los Angeles has rattled off seven consecutive wins. Over that time period, the Clippers are outscoring opponents by 15.5 (!) points per 100 possessions, and Doc Rivers has this team looking like the Western Conference contender that many expected.
Chris Paul has been the best player on the Clippers and that must be said. Paul has put together an under-the-radar MVP candidacy highlighted by strong play in Griffin’s absence, but they are now a complete team again with the high-flying power forward back in the fold, and given LA’s lack of depth, they must be healthy in the starting lineup.
In some ways, Blake Griffin has taken a step back this season, averaging “just” 21.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but his health is paramount and the Clippers are looking rejuvenated.