By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
In recent years, the Los Angeles Clippers have been through a regentrification of their own. New Ownership, great coaching, and championship players have given their fans plenty to be excited about this season. However, after a four-month break in this promising season, in which the Clippers have legitimate sights on an NBA championship, they have been dealing with the same issues, all-season long; health and availability.
Long before the NBA shutting down, the Clippers found themselves saddled an incomplete roster on multiple nights. Paul George spent the early part of the season recovering from should surgery and more notably, Kawhi Leonard hasn’t been required to play in back to back games. Therefore, this team has seen many variations of lineups throughout the season.
From veteran inspirational leader Patrick Beverley to 2nd-year player Landry Shamet, from Rookie Amir Coffey to veteran Rodney McGruder. Sixth Man of the Year contenders Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have even spent some time on the Clippers injury list this year.
In what was supposed to be they’re most exciting and productive season in franchise history, the Clippers are facing a restart of the season that won’t include their full complement of players. To add to that they’ve made some critical adjustments to their rosters bring in veterans Marcus Morris Sr. and enthusiastic Joakim Noah just before the league shut down the season.
So not only will they be dealing with select injuries, the Clippers will be playing with a roster that is still familiarizing themselves with each one another. Where player continuity remains the major obstacle for this talent-laden team. As you can hear from Head Coach Doc Rivers, in this clip, continuity remains a critical focus of theirs. “I just know, that we know we’re behind. A lot of teams have had their guys throughout, we haven’t. We’ve had 5 of our key guys (players) out; [actually] six.” As been mentioned having each of their players showing for practice and ultimately the game is the only way the team brings home the Larry O.B. [O’Brien] Trophy.
I believe this team has the talent led by Kawhi and Paul George, in addition to the premier coaching of Doc Rivers to finish off the season with a championship. Though they will need to be at their best with the full complement of their roster to make this happen. Kindly, share your thoughts on the Clippers Championship probability by reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or forward your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, be sure to subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms; Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, Thank You for making our voice, your choice!