The Los Angeles Clippers have made the playoffs eight of the last nine seasons, never finishing below second place in their division. However, even with the addition of Kawhi Leonard last season, the team failed to advance beyond the conference semifinals. The fact is that the Clippers have never reached the Western Conference Finals. That may change this year, based on how they’ve played through the first quarter of the season.
After a relatively lethargic 6-4 start, the Los Angeles Clippers have rattled off seven consecutive wins, taking advantage of their home court favored heavy schedule so far. During the seven-game stretch, they have won by an average of 15 points, including a 38-point blowout of the Kings on the road. The schedule hasn’t been the toughest, but the Clippers are doing what they are supposed to do and much credit lately has to do with the play of Kawhi Leonard. During the seven-game stretch, he is averaging nearly 30 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals per game.
In a season that is strange due to the ongoing presence and uncertainties of COVID-19, a constant for the Clippers has been Kawhi Leonard, who is doing it on both ends of the court. In addition, Paul George has been a great pairing with Leonard, dropping 24 points per game. Serge Ibaka has provided a solid presence in the middle at 12 points and six rebounds per game, while Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum have been consistent secondary contributors.
The Western Conference is difficult with the presence of teams such as the Lakers, Jazz, Trailblazers and Nuggets likely to be all in the mix for supremacy. The road will have its ups and downs, like with any team, but the Los Angeles Clippers have what it takes should Kawhi Leonard and Paul George stay healthy to make its deepest post season run in franchise history.