The Clippers' worst start in 12 years.
Let that sink in for a minute. The Clippers' worst start in 12 years.
That's like saying Jessica Alba looked hotter than she has in years last night. Or Bill Gates reached new levels of geeky richness this weekend.
Dr. Jerry Buss seen dating even hotter young girls!!
While Jessica Alba personifies hot, Bill Gates is the epitome of rich & geeky and Dr. Jerry Buss likes his eye candy, the Clippers have been the poster child for NBA bad. To think they have sunk to new depths is beyond disappointing.
Especially this year.
Eric Gordon was coming off a great off season. Blake Griffin was coming into his first season. Chris Kaman was an All Star last year and Baron Davis, well, he still had a few years left in the tank, right?
Sure, the Clippers lost out on the LBJ sweepstakes, but that wasn't totally unexpected. Their former soap opera actor turned G.M. did an admirable job in getting Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye.
Remember when the Clippers never signed any free agents? This year they got two.
No one was expecting a run to the Finals, but the playoffs were seen as a reasonable goal. Then, it all imploded.
With eight of their first nine games against playoff tested teams, maybe this rough start shouldn't come as a surprise. When you throw in that Kaman is hurt, Davis seems out of it and Gordon has missed some time, well, welcome to the worst record in the NBA.
What if the worst of it is over, however? What if the team is getting its legs and is ready to compete now? Four of their next seven games are against non-playoff teams. Maybe, just maybe, they can finish off November with a respectable 5-2 record.
Hey, stop snickering. It's called "hope"--it's all Clippers fans have now.
It's all Clippers fans have ever had.
For the Clippers, the Minnesota game tonight is game six of a seven game series where they are down three games to two. It's a must-win.
Not so much because if they lose they will be kicked out of the NBA. Although that train has been rolling for a while, picking up steam and making more noise than ever, it's not going to happen. Instead, it's a must-win because everyone else already has their second win of the season.
The Clippers aren't playing catch-up, they are playing "don't get left behind so far that catching up becomes all but impossible."
Tonight is a must-win. No excuses. It doesn't matter who can suit up or who can't. The Clippers must beat the Timberwolves tonight.
When they do, it will be proof positive that they have righted the ship and are back on the right track. It will serve as a notice to the rest of the NBA that the Clippers are a force to be reckoned with. It will be the start of a 5-2 strong finish to November.
The Lakers will start looking over their shoulders.
It all begins tonight. It has to.
Don't snicker, its called "hope". It's all Clippers fans have now.
It's all Clipper fans have ever had.