Postseason Record: 4-3
Championship Odds: 13-2
The Los Angeles Clippers have had a trying postseason. Donald Sterling has been a distraction, Chris Paul's health (sprained thumb, sore hamstring) is in question and the Golden State Warriors were a worthy adversary.
Luckily for fans in L.A., this group hasn't folded, and the team finds itself with a Round 2 matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Up to this point, Paul's health hasn't been too debilitating. He's averaging 17.4 points, nine assists and 3.1 steals per game in the postseason. He's also shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 45.9 percent from behind the arc.
Paul appears ready to play through his injuries, per the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner: "I'll be there (Game 7 versus Golden State). At 7:30 when that ball gets thrown up, I'll be right there. I'll be ready."
If the floor general's health declines and his production follows, it's going to have a monumental impact on this team's championship dreams. Getting past OKC is going to be tough enough as it is, and if the Clips aren't at full strength, the odds will be even further stacked against them.