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The novelty of Paul's move to L.A. has been replaced by fears of the Clippers missing the playoffs.
It seems like a fairly distant memory that the Clippers were one of the league's top teams and actually being whispered about as a potential title contender.
Now they're in a state of chaos.
First, they gave up their Pacific Division lead to the Lakers, who simply bided their time and waited for the Clipper hype to wear off. Then the Clippers fell off their torrid, season-starting pace and have gone 5-8 so far in March on the heels of losing three of their last four games in February.
Things don't get much easier. After a five-game home stand to close out this month, the Clippers play nine of their 14 games in April on the road. And with last night's loss to the Western Conference-leading Thunder, they are now much closer to the No. 9 seed than the No. 1, just a game-and-a-half from being out of the playoffs altogether.
It's gotten so bad for the Clips that the Chris Paul-Lob City novelty has worn off, instead replaced by rumors of coach Vinny Del Negro's imminent demise.
Missing the postseason would fit right in line with the Clippers' tortured history. And it would torture a whole new generation of fans in the process.