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Vinny Del Negro is probably the one coach on an elite team who is on the hot seat.
What he seems to lack is the ability to form a coherent strategy around the team on either end of the court. The elite coaches have a team philosophy in place. Tom Thibodeau's Bulls, for instance, have their suffocating, team-oriented defense as a backbone, while Gregg Popovich's Spurs utilize plenty of movement and screening big men.
Del Negro, though, doesn't approach the series with a strategy. The first two games in the Clippers series, though both wins, have shown us vintage Vinny. The Clippers are reacting to what the Memphis Grizzlies do, and when it comes to the game-saving plays, they just rely on their superstars.
Chris Paul saved the day in Game 2, hitting the game-winner, but how far can he carry them? As we get deeper into the series and the postseason, watch the Clippers to see if they are winning because of Paul or Del Negro.
Earlier this season, Paul called out Del Negro's coaching. If the Clippers don't make it past the second round and Paul still feels the same way, look for him to use his free agency to force the issue.