Midway through the season, it is time to compile a wish list of potential playoff opponents for the Los Angeles Clippers.
When healthy, Lob City can make its case as the class of the conference. Already this season, Los Angeles has defeated the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets twice.
Injuries to Chris Paul and J.J. Redick have stymied their progression, however. The Clips are just 5-4 against the other teams in the top six of the conference. Leading the Pacific Division, Los Angeles owns the third-highest point differential in the conference, only behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Ultimately, the road to the finals looks like it will go through either San Antonio or Oklahoma City. Los Angeles will have to prove its championship mettle by knocking off at least one of those teams this postseason.
The Western Conference playoffs will surely be brutal, and playoff seeding may be key if the Clips hope to make a long run.
So who does Lob City want to face in the playoffs? Who would the Clips be heavy favorites against? Conversely, who might Lob City want to avoid at all costs in the first round of the playoffs?
We will discuss three teams that Los Angeles would want to face, followed by two matchups that could seriously jeopardize the Clips’ potential to advance out of the first round.
All statistics accurate as of January 26, 2014. Statistics used from NBA.com and ESPN.com.