Hi everyone. This is my first post on either this or ClipperBlog, but I've been a lurker on both blogs for about 2 years now. I've been a Clipper fan for about 10 years, and a pessimist for a little longer than that. However, even I am astounded at the amount of negativity around here after the news broke earlier today concerning Griffin's injury. I'll chalk a lot of it up to just being an initial reaction to terrible news, but it seems as though some people are ready to jump ship even after thinking it through.
As stated before, I'm a bit of a pessimist. Before the season began, I had the team (with Griffin) pegged to win somewhere between 35-40 games this season, which we all know is likely not enough to make the playoffs in the West. Fast-forward to today, and the team stands at 17-19 with a game against NO in a few minutes. Assuming the team loses the next 3 games (and I'm not so sure tonight is a guaranteed loss even without Kaman/Camby), we'll be 17-22 with games against the Nets and Bulls at home next week. Realistically, we could be 19-22 at the halfway mark for the season, equaling our win total for all of last season, and keeping us on pace for that 35-40 win range.
Some of you had higher hopes for this season, but this is right on line with what I thought this team could accomplish. And this is all happening without Blake Griffin. It's a sad day to be a Clipper fan, indeed. However, this is not the day for the team or fans to call it quits on the season. I'm not too familiar with the optimistic side of life, but I'll venture into unknown territory by proclaiming that this team has a good shot at making the playoffs regardless of what I thought before the season began. This "curse" will never be broken if players and fans continue to dwell on it. It's time to check your negativity-coats at the door. Instead continue supporting a team that has been playing great lately and finally showing what they can do. As a great man once said, "let's go Clippers! Let's go!"