OK, I'm really starting to get sick and tired of all the Clippers are unraveling talk and the paranoia and the "We suck since Billups got injured" and how the Clippers are not tall enough in the backcourt or play no defense or give up leads or Vinny is incompetent...getting sick of it!
We gotta look at the positives for a moment...the Clippers have been surprisingly good on the road, even if they have lost games in painful fashion (Cavs, Mavs, T-Wolves come to mind). Except for a couple of blowouts on the road they've done more than hold their own and they've come back after trailing and sometimes trailing big, which at the same time takes a lot out of any team. It's very hard to close out games when you just came back from down 20...anyways, moving on.
Another positive is their record. You know what? It's not bad!!! At all!!! To measure the Clippers up to the teams who are right now ahead of them in the league is unfair. Think about it. Thunder, Spurs, Lakers, Bulls, Heat...how long have these teams been playing together? We all know the answer to that! Longer than this Clippers squad has been together for sure!! It's true that sometimes Vinny treats the lineup changes like a science project, when in reality all he should do is leave the hot players in the game until they hit a wall, that's when their bodies are telling coach that it's time for a break, not when a player has made 4 of 5 to start the game...moving on.
The motivation factor is another positive. It is there! Yeah, it bugs me to think about how many games the Clippers could've won by just making the right play here and there, or by making a key free throw or making a necessary stop. Well, mistakes happen, they're part of real life and the NBA is still a real life event, and sometimes these mistakes happen too fast, just so happens that they happen in front of thousands of people, and every single one of them wants to play coach or be the player when in reality even if they were who's to say the same mistake couldn't have been made by them? This team has motivation, this team hurts when they lose, mostly because of that cloak that the Clippers drag everywhere they show up for the last...ever!!!
Bottom line here is simple: we Clipper fans are spoiled, we expect great things from this team, but we must still give them some time. Someone suggested a players only meeting. Yeah, that may be helpful. But nothing helps more than just playing, playing and playing, together, as a team. Let's not forget that this season is also a ridiculous one, every team will go through the same trials and tribulations, and we are already seeing that, by the way. When our team is down, let's pick them up! Give them positive vibes! Not get all desperate and start cursing at the TV or say that Mo is too short to play the 2 or that Foye can't defend or that Caron looks stiff or that Deandre is a waste of money...let's stand by them through the good and the bad like we always have. This Clippers squad is playing their guts off, and the record shows. We can't expect them to be perfect or play pretty at all times. They've done a magnificent job, so far...and this is just year one!!! This is just the start of something special!!
Let's just start believing on this team. It's what we got. If changes come, we'll still believe the same way we did before the changes. This IS a team WE can definitely believe in.