Stuck in a tight race for the top seed in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers will need a total team effort if they hope to thwart off the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 spot.
A midseason mark of 32-9 was the best record at the halfway point in the franchise’s history. For a team that has never had a 50-win season, a 64-win pace has put the Clips among the league’s top contenders this year.
Given the development of Blake Griffin, the surprising efficiency of Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes, and the leadership of Chris Paul, the Clippers have held the top spot in the Pacific Division for the entire season.
Yet if the Clippers have any hopes of keeping up with Kevin Durant’s Thunder or the machine-like Spurs, then they will need some timely and consistent contributions from players not named Griffin and Paul.
Here are the Clippers players who must step up in the second half of the season.