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.
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.