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Los Angeles Clippers – It is Now or Never For Lob City

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Is Lob City Over?

The fourth seed Los Angeles Clippers aka Lob City rebounded last night, defeating the Utah Jazz (99-91) tying the series at 1-1. After losing game one at the buzzer last Saturday, Clippers fans may have found themselves saying here we go again.

However, last night the Clippers came out focused and ready to prove the critics wrong.  Lob City dominated the post on offense and defense . Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished the game with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 1 steal.

Jordan dominating the boards is nothing out of the ordinary, but his confidence, energy and offense provided a significant boost for the Clippers. Alongside Jordan, Blake Griffin delivered 24 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block.

Familiar Territory:

Guard Chris Paul slashed the defense with 21 points, 10 assist and 3 steals. The supporting players provided stable minutes and points to help carry the team. Last night’s win was impressive and provided fans with hope.

Again last night’s victory was impressive, but what happens if Lob City loses this series. Remember the Clippers have been down this road before and it’s time for them to advance to the western conference finals.

A loss to the Jazz is unacceptable for LA. This team was built around Paul, Jordan and Griffin. Over the off-season the team was able to add to their bench.

Head coach Doc Rivers was able to resign Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah Moute, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. Coach Rivers also signed Marreese Speights, Brandon Bass and Raymond Felton. The off-season treated Lob City well.

The Missing Piece:

One thing that is missing from the Clippers roster is a dominate small forward. Throughout the season it has been clear that the franchise is hurting without one, but that is no excuse. Urgency needs to be a factor for LA as they enter game three Friday.

If the big three in LA don’t get it done the franchise should consider trading Griffin to the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers or Los Angeles Lakers for pieces to help build the franchise. Griffin is a talented player, but it may be safe to say that he has reached the peak of his game.

Change is Near: 

Rivers has been an exceptional coach, but he should consider finding another star to play alongside Paul and Jordan. Let’s be clear the 6-foot-11 center should not be on the trading block. Although, the 28 year-old shoots 48.2% from the free through line his defense and rim protection is valuable.

Think about it NBA teams love to play small ball to space the floor and push the tempo. Jordan is one of the few centers who can actively switch on defense without fouling out. If you trade Griffin you are sure to get multiple pieces in return.

Lob City may be coming to the end of the road if they do not win this series.  Scratch that this season is probably the last time that we will see the big three together if they do not get to the western conference finals.

Tune in to game 3 Friday at 10:00pm on ESPN.

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