Fans of the NBA should not be alarmed. We are not currently entering the twilight universe, nor are we trapped within “bizzaro” world. The Los Angeles Clippers do currently have the best record in the league and can be considered one of the most exciting teams to watch on a nightly basis. Riding a 17-game win streak, the Clippers have finally made a major move to step out of the shadow of that other team that plays in the Staples Center and is putting on a show while doing it.
Since suffering their last loss on November 26 to the New Orleans Hornets, the Clippers have been on a tear that we have rarely seen in the sport. The Clippers 17 game winning streak is the longest such that we have seen since the Boston Celtics won 19 games during the 2008-2009 season. After running the table in December, the Clippers have proven themselves to be an elite team. Their statistical outputs across a number of categories have been outstanding all season but especially across this stretch.
First, they have averaged 104.7 points per game which is five points above their regular average of 102.4; that was already ranked sixth best in the league. While they are known for putting up points and doing so in ways that bring the fans to their feet, the Clippers have also been holding teams defensively. All season they have allowed only 92.3 points per game, which was fourth among all NBA teams, yet during this stretch they are allowing only 89.5 points per game.
While experts and analysts may want to point out individuals who have been playing well during this run, the organization as a whole has been outplaying expectations on the court. Five different players on the Clippers roster are scoring in double figures during this run: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Caron Butler. Paul is being showered by chants of MVP as he’s also bringing in 9.63 assists and 2.63 steals per game. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have become one of the most exciting front courts in the sport as they seem to enjoy making highlight reels out of anyone willing to get in their way, while pulling down 8.9 and 7.1 rebounds per game during the month past. Crawford’s always been known as a scorer, but coming off the bench he’s really thrust himself into Sixth Man of the Year talks as he is averaging 15.5 points while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. The Clippers are truly putting forth a team effort in order to push themselves to this point.
We haven’t reached the mid-point of the 2012-2013 NBA season, but we’ve seen a lot of exciting moments that will stay in everyone’s memories throughout the year. Watching the LA Clippers play the very best that they have played in years is one of the moments that shines the brightest at this point.