The Los Angeles Clippers have surprisingly been one of the best teams in the league to start the 2016-2017 NBA Season. There are LA Clippers rumors that this could be the last year together of the core of “Lob City” if they fail to win the title again this season.
The Clips raced off to a 12-2 start this year, outpacing the likes of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. However, they are in a three-game losing streak after a disappointing collapse against the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
Time is ticking in Los Angeles
Zach Lowe of ESPN contends that changes will be made for the Clippers if they fail to get to the West Finals at least this year. That means the Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan must lead their team to an upset series win of either the Warriors or Spurs. Or both if they land on a tough playoff spot.
“[Doc] Rivers was right last fall: teams grow stale. People decide to move on. If the ending is unhappy again, I’d bet on at least one big change in Clipperland. For now, the team is trying to enjoy the journey — and the clean locker-room air,” Lowe wrote in his latest piece.
In the article, Lowe revealed that the Clippers have immensely matured this season compared to the previous years together. There is a growing concern about the possible expiring contracts of Griffin, Paul and J.J. Reddick, among others and that the Clippers might lose most of their veterans next season.
There are also speculations that management will not be too keen to bring back the core if they disappoint again in the NBA Playoffs.
Entering Thursday’s match-up with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers, the Clippers own a 14-5 win-loss record.
It would have been better if not for a sorry collapse against the Nets last Tuesday. Those are the type of losses the Clippers want to avoid if they want to continue their great start this season.
Is it time to ground ‘Lob City’?”
In previous years, there were talks that the team would look to deal one or both of Paul and Griffin to start their rebuilding.
But Rivers, who is also the general manager of the team, has denied these NBA rumors and stuck with his core. Rivers believe that this core is good enough to take down the Spurs or Warriors, but they have to play more consistent in the postseason.
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Watch one of the Clippers’ big wins this season:
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Will the Clippers finally blow up “Lob City” after the season? Expect LA Clippers rumors near the February’s NBA trade deadline if they fall off the top bracket in the Western Conference.
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