6 Factors That Will Decide LA Clippers' Playoff Ceiling

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6 Factors That Will Decide LA Clippers' Playoff Ceiling
Mark J. Terrill
Griffin will play a key role in determining how far this team goes.

With a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers have looked both the part of second-round roadkill and perennial contender.

In a sloppy Game 1 effort, Lob City was exposed by a deadly pick-and-roll game.

The Clips made David Lee look All-NBA as he torched Los Angeles for 20 points and 13 boards. Chris Paul had an uncharacteristic six turnovers, as Klay Thompson hounded him on the perimeter all afternoon.

Down 1-0 in the series, the Clips came out firing in Game 2. Lob City smothered Stephen Curry on the perimeter and routed the Dubs 138-48.

In just two games, the Clippers demonstrated their playoff potential.

Sloppy games with subpar shooting could see them upset by a hungry Warriors squad in the first round. Alternatively, their performance in Game 2 manifested their prowess as defenders.

When the Clippers are defending and scoring at an elite level, they can compete with anyone.

Lob City followed up its Game 2 success with a gutty road victory in a hostile arena, taking back home-court advantage in the process.

So after a three games, what have we learned about LAC’s playoff ceiling? What will dictate how far this team will go?

Let’s take a look at six internal and external factors that will decide the Clippers’ playoff ceiling.

 

All statistics accurate as of April 25, 2014. Statistics used via NBA.com/Stats and ESPN.com.

 

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