Blake Griffin is the rookie of the year and with MVP candidate Eric Gordon, and Most Improved played of the year, Al Thornton has become a big 3 combination that has been nicknamed the 3 Headed Dragon by ESPN. Baron Davis taking a backseat to the 3 youngsters showed great leadership capabilities and motivation and was able to control his team through thick and thin. Kamen stayed healthy for the entire year and is back to his Kamen 2.0 days. The bench has never been stronger with DeAndre Jordan named 6th Man of the year, Ricky Davis becoming a great locker room guy to have around, Sebastion Telfair showing great point guard skills that Sessions was never needed in the Clippers, and Novak/Butler coming in whenever a bunch of 3 pointers need to be made. MDsr even took the Phil Jackson approach and just sits there while Baron Davis leads his team.
The team went through trials and tribulations throughout the season and the playoffs just to get to this point in time. By fighting hard in a stacked conference, they were able to sneak their way into the 7th seed of the Western Conference. They started out the postseason by eliminating the Spurs in a series that no one thought they could have won. But Tim Duncan's age was showing and Blake Griffin was able to take advantage of it. The next round though was against the Blazers, another strong team. But our 3 headed dragon destroyed the Blazers with a 4 game sweep. The next and biggest challenge was the Lakers though, the cross team rivals that was favorites to win the whole thing. But the Clippers handled the challenge and took the epic series to the final seconds.
Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, there are only 12 seconds left in the game and the Lakers are up by 2 points and it is their ball right now. Shannon Brown inbounds the ball to Ron Artest whose been having trouble because of Al Thornton's incredible defense on him. Ron Artest, seeing desperation, tosses the ball to Kobe Bryant, only for Baron Davis to quickly steal the ball from him Ariza style.
Baron quickly calls their last timeout. Thornton voluntarily puts himself on the bench so Butler, the better 3 point shooter can come in. The game resumes with 4 seconds left, Blake Griffin on center, Gordon/Novak/Butler spreading the floor, and Baron Davis inbounding. With none of the 3 point threats opened, Baron passed it to Blake Griffin who instantly gets a double team. But this left Eric Gordon opened who Blake passed it to. EJ quickly fired the 3 with the clock running out and makes it! The Clippers just defeated the defending champions and are now going to Finals to face Lebron and his Cavs.