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Podcast: Why the Clippers have the highest ceiling in the West

Despite two straight losses, there’s a lot to like about how the Clippers are playing.

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If it wasn’t clear that the Clippers were all-in to win a title this season, the team made a deal to acquire the wizard that is Playoff Rondo at the trade deadline last week. On this week’s episode of the Clips Nation podcast, self-described Rajon Rondo superfan Michael Pina joins the show to explain what Rondo brings to this team, and how he can be the missing piece in LA’s championship run.

But before we get to Rondo, Michael has a lot of thoughts on why the Clippers should be considered the favorites to come out of the West, starting with Terance Mann’s recent tear. We go over why Mann’s emergence is so important for the Clippers as well as what his role should be on the team moving forward, which leads into a discussion about how the backcourt minutes should be divvied up, specifically once Patrick Beverley returns.

We then get into the starting center debate, and the advantages of both Serge Ibaka and Ivica Zubac in that role before trying to figure out what LA’s closing frontcourt will look like. Finally, Michael tries to explain why the Clippers are bringing in DeMarcus Cousins.

You can listen to all that and more in the full episode embedded below, and to make sure you never miss a single show moving forward, subscribe to the Clips Nation podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Michael on Twitter at @michaelvpina, check out his work covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, or listen to him on the Open Floor podcast.