It is halfway through the NBA regular season, and the Los Angeles Clippers continue to give something very real to their fans. No, I’m not talking about the kind of “real” that Manti Te’o's girlfriend is/was/has been. I’m talking about the very real possibility of the Clippers going to the NBA Finals in June. And tonight’s 94-87 victory against the Washington Wizards has only gotten them one game closer to that reality.
Although the Clippers came out with a win, it wasn’t pretty. The Clippers shot for a season-low 36.6% from the field and 23.8% from the 3-point line, in particular.
In better news, Chris Paul played after missing 3 games due to a bruised kneecap and didn’t seem to miss a beat. While the Wizards kept the game extremely close, the Clippers’ down-low game really set them apart and allowed them to hang on to their lead. The Clippers outscored the Wizards 40-28 in the paint.
For the Clippers, Paul let the team with 22 points and 11 assists. Blake Griffin followed with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe put up 11 points and 7 rebounds.
For the Wizards, John Wall (the player, not the dance) led the team with 24 points. Bradley Beal followed with 13 points, and Nenê contributed 12 points. As an alum of the University of Florida, I’d just like to give a loud Gator shout-out to Beal- insert obligatory Gator chomp here.
The Clippers take on the Golden State Warriors on Monday, and then get set for a rematch against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. The Thunder currently hold the best record in the NBA, but only by a half-game over the Clippers. The Clippers hope to seek revenge for their overtime loss against the Thunder back in November to stake their claim as the best team in the West.