Many, many words have been written to analyze what's going on with our Clippers. I'm going to stand up right now, right here, and say ,"I've got no idea."
While I don't consider myself a Dunleavy hater, I believe we missed a great opportunity NOT to extend his contract. No finger-pointing here, but sometimes a change, ANY CHANGE, will spark a club, and the coach's job is often the most practical change to make. Maybe he'll be willing to take Elgin's job, so his contract doesn't give DTS a bad case of morning-after sickness.
Beyond the major puzzle of 'WTF is going on?', I've been wondering about something for some time. I noticed that the other LA team has a great home record. Two seasons ago, so did we. Last season, it actually fell off some (were opponents preparing better?)
Last game Shaun said the crowd took the team out of their game. Honestly, many times this season I've been tempted to boo our Clippers. I've sat through some really bad seasons, and as long as our guys played hard I was content -- not happy, but content. Now, I see a team of under-achievers (which goes to Dunleavy, again) who play stupid, play soft, and play easy. Although this is just a game, it can't be 'played' at. It demands, and we expect, a whopping 48 minutes of intense concentration and effort.
Yesterday I read that Maggette's situation is the fly in the clubhouse ointment. I believe if you search hard enough in any dysfunctional system, you can find SOMETHING to blame the problems on, and it's so much easier for the consultant if the diagnosis is simple and untestable (this is untestable because whatever solution is found for Corey, it will involve more than his exit; so, the new player will prevent any steady-state analysis).
Great teams overcome these stubbed-toes, the personal problems, the contracts, the frictions -- winning is a great lubricant, and losing is sand in the gears. Don't confuse correlation with causation.
So, again, although I don't consider myself a Dunleavy hater, when one looks at the manifold problems here, the solutions seems plain.