Best team in the NBA – Your Los Angeles Clippers
Most of the preseason hoopla focused on Durant and the Warriors or LeBron and the Cavaliers with everyone else just playing out the season.
Yet, the team with the best record at 7 – 1 is the Los Angeles Clippers. They aren’t doing it the easy way either.
Game by Game:
Opening night in Portland – they beat the team who knocked them out of the postseason 114 – 106. Lillard goes for 29, but he’s more than matched by 27 from both Griffin and Paul. Newly acquired Marreese Speights chips in 15 off the bench. The second unit was the story of the game manhandling the second unit of the Trailblazers.
Clipper home opener they beat Utah 88 – 75. Austin Rivers leads off scorers with 19 points off the bench in 28 minutes of play. Utah shoots 39%.
Clippers go 3 – 0 by beating the Suns at Staples 116 – 98. JJ Reddick still searching for his three point shot. Chris Paul leads all scorers with 24, Jordan puts in 19 by going 8 for 10 from the field. Dunks galore.
Battle of unbeaten teams, the Thunder hand the Clippers their only loss of 2016/2017 in a close 85 – 83 game. Westbrook doing his best MVP imitation puts in 35, no other Thunder scored in double digits. Giffin and JJ can’t find the hoop. Griffin goes 7 for 21, and JJ 3 for 12. The Clippers second unit kept them in the game but the starters couldn’t close the deal.
Clippers go on the road and beat their rivals the Grizzlies 99 – 88. A 53 – 35 lead let the Clippers coast to this one. It was all about defense as Memphis shot 37 percent. Chris Paul led the Clippers scoring with 27 but was 1 for 8 from three-point land. Mike Conley put in 30 going 7 for 11 from 3 point land for the Grizzlies.
Now it gets fun
Clippers move to 5 – 1 by beating the Spurs in San Antonio 116 – 92. The game wasn’t even a contest with the Clippers leading 73 – 55 at half time. Yup, the Clippers scored 73 first half points which resulted in no starter playing even 30 minutes. Griffin put in 28 points in 29 minutes on 13 of 19 shooting. At one time I think he was 10 of 12. Marreese Speights showed up again scoring 15 in 18 minutes. More importantly, JJ Reddick’s 3 point shot showed up as he went 2 of 3 from distance.
Clippers come home after a 2- 0 road trip and improve to 6 – 1 by decimating the Detroit Pistons 114 – 82. The Clippers had a 30 point lead at half time 62 – 32 and once again no starter played more than 30 minutes. The Clipper starting backcourt went 8 for 9 from three-point range with Paul being perfect at 5 for 5.
In their second matchup with the Blazers, the Clippers literally run them off the court to go 7 – 1 and give them the best record in the NBA. At one point the Clippers had a 50 point lead and a 93 – 50 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. For the 3rd game in a row, no Clipper starter played more than 30 minutes. The best scoring duo in the league coming into the game was Lillard and CJ McCollum and they went a combined 5 for 21.
Over the past five games, only one team has managed to score over 90 points. The Clippers starting five is the best defensive unit in the NBA. The Clippers second unit is the second best defensive unit in the NBA. According to the Clipper announcers anyway.
Watching them right now is like watching Magic Showtime. I know it won’t last but wow, they are something else right now.