The Los Angeles Clippers are at it again. Three games into the season and they're already crushing hopes, dashing dreams and affirming curses. In short, the Clippers are losing and it isn't pretty.
Los Angeles has dropped its first three games - to Portland, Golden State and Dallas - all by double digits. Earlier today the Mavs smacked the Clippers 99-83 in the purportedly friendly confines of Staples Center. This was supposed to be the year that they returned to respectability and perhaps even reached the playoffs. So far, so not good.
Still, we shouldn't give up on these Clippers just yet.
They've shown flashes of ability that make you believe they can compete with anyone in the west. Blake Griffin has demonstrated the capacity to fulfill his tremendous potential. Eric Gordon has shown that he is capable and willing to score the rock. Additionally, the team has rebounded quite well on both ends of the court.
They just haven't put together a complete 48 minutes of good basketball.
If you look more closely, there are certain areas of noticeable weakness that the Clippers need to fix if they want to turn the ship around. Since it's still early in the season, it's not impossible. The Clippers have a new coach, a new system, and a lot of new players, so they are essentially learning on the job. They better learn fast, though, before the season slips away.
Here are the 10 improvements the Clippers need to make if they want to have a successful year.