Los Angeles Clippers' Biggest Weaknesses Moving Forward

Mike B.Correspondent IMay 3, 2012

Los Angeles Clippers' Biggest Weaknesses Moving Forward

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    In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 27-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday.

    Los Angeles, however, failed to take a 2-0 lead as they fell to Memphis 105-98 in Game 2 Wednesday night.

    The Clippers have played well so far this postseason, but like any other team, they do have weaknesses.

    Let's take a look at three of the team's weaknesses moving forward in the 2012 playoffs.

Postseason Inexperience

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    Three Clipper starters—Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Randy Foye—are appearing in the postseason for the first time in their pro careers.

    Reserve Eric Bledsoe is also a playoff newcomer, and Bobby Simmons hasn't played in the postseason since 2006, back in his Milwaukee Bucks days.

    Inexperience might not mean anything for the Clippers, but it could also prove to be a major reason the team doesn't make it past the first round this year.  

No Caron Butler

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    Clippers starting small forward Caron Butler, who fractured his hand in the team's Game 1 victory against Memphis, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    Losing the two-time All-Star for the rest of the playoffs is certainly a major blow for L.A.

    Butler is a solid defender who can stroke it from downtown.

    The Clips have a few players who can score like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, but Butler's production will surely be missed.

Well, They're the Clippers; They're Cursed

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    Although the Clippers have put together a great season, you can't deny they're a cursed franchise.

    This is only their fifth playoff appearance in the past 20 years. 

    When you think of the Clippers, you think of losing and draft busts like Michael Olowokandi and Darius Miles.

    Hopefully, the All-Star duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can lead the Clippers to the promised land and break the curse for good.