*Photo via USA Today The smoke has cleared from the Los Angeles Clippers 3-1 series leading collapse to the Houston Rockets. As the Rockets prepare for the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, let’s see what we’ve learned from their previous series. 1.The Clippers lack offensive production outside their key 5 players of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J Reddick and Jamal Crawford. Besides these five players, no one averaged more than 8.4
Photo courtesy of NBA.com 1. “The Clippers are still the Clippers” – Magic Johnson Yes, the Clippers’ collapse deserves the number one spot on this list. The Clippers, leading the series 3-1 over the Houston Rockets, gave away game five because they knew they had game six at home. Then, they led by 19 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. All of a sudden, with MVP candidate James Harden on the bench, Houston wins the game by 12. TWELVE! This isn’t a situation w
*Photo via USA Today After two and a half years with the New Orleans Pelicans, it seemed as if Austin Rivers may be seeing an end to his young career. However, his father Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers made the decision to trade for him to help bolster the lack of point guard depth. With the Clippers the second part of the season we saw Rivers average 7.1 points per game with 1.7 assists, he did manage to raise his field goal percentage by four percentage points in t
*Photo via Getty Images This is a ranking of the top five players in the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers series. This ranking is based off their current play, not their body of work. *I'm excluding Chris Paul due to the fact he is injured and has played limited minutes in the series. 1.Blake Griffin- Griffin is arguably having the best postseason in the NBA right now. He has filled up stat sheets on the “regular” and even grabbed a few triple-doubles. It is clear Gri
*Photo via USA Today Blake Griffin is having one of the best postseasons of any power forward in recent history. He is one of five to ever average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists at his position during the postseason. During the regular season in which he played 67 games, Griffin averaged 21.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists. This postseason, we’ve seen another level to Griffins play; we’ve seen a leader, not a player looking to make a highlight-reel dunk.
*Photo via USA Today In just 10 years of being a professional basketball player, Chris Paul has been in playoff action in seven of those 10 years. However, he has only made it to the second round in four of those seven years and never advanced into the conference finals. Chris Paul is in the prime of his career sitting at age 30, like many before him the critics are starting to talk. Many feel that Chris Paul, with all of these early exits are proof he’s not a superstar. Paul
*Photo via USA Today 5 Keys for the Clippers to beat the Rockets Not many people gave the Los Angeles Clippers a chance in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the Houston Rockets after an exhausting seven game series in the first round. Yet, two days after their Game 7 win to get past the San Antonio Spurs, and with Chris Paul nursing a strained hamstring, the Clippers went into Houston and won convincingly without their star point guard. According to Bl
*Photo via Getty Images We finally had a winner from the San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers series, that being the Clippers. The Rockets are coming off a four to one series win over the Dallas Mavericks in which we saw how dangerous they can be, however they are now facing a tougher foe this round. For the Rockets to assure moving on there are five key things they need to focus on.
1. Bench scoring The Rockets have one of the worst benches in the league all season, w