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Five lottery-to-playoffs teams

You need Insider to read the entire article but here is the part that pertains to the Clippers. Interesting (worrisome?) that Pelton thinks the Clippers are going to preserve cap space next year (so I guess no SF?) to be a big player in 2012 (the Decision Part Deux?) 5. Los Angeles Clippers Why they'll make the playoffs: Two words: Blake Griffin. Why they'll stay in the lottery: The Clippers face an even bigger deficit to overcome than the Nets, having finished 14 games out of the playoffs and 11 behind the Rockets. Certainly, the Clippers are a long shot, but there is too much talent on hand to entirely rule out the possibility that they develop ahead of schedule. Between their 1-13 start and Eric Gordon suffering a bone fracture in the wrist of his shooting arm, the Clippers were better than .500 (16-13). Meanwhile, Mo Williams is a more reliable option at the point than Baron Davis. The downside is the Clippers are unlikely to add much to their lineup this offseason. They dealt their first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Davis-Williams trade and will probably forego free agency in order to keep their salary cap clean for the summer of 2012, when they could be substantially below the salary cap.

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