At the start of the season, I was a little optimistic about the Clippers.
I mean, let's be honest for a minute. I'm not usually a believer in the hype around teams because nine teams out of ten, it usually amounts to a mediocre season where nothing special happens.
We're talking the Philadelphia Eagles type of hype here. Look how that turned out for them.
And after the Clippers received the same hype around Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, many thought that this season would be solid, but nothing inspirational.
Those people, including myself, have been proven wrong about the hype so far. The Los Angeles Clippers are showing themselves to be a genuine championship contender in 2012, starting with their divisional title over cross-town rivals, the Lakers.
Here's four reasons why the Clippers, not the Lakers, will take home the Pacific Division title in 2012.