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Clippers Analysis

Isaiah Hartenstein is the Western Conference’s best-kept secret

Hartenstein has spent his first Clippers season making a constant impact. Seriously, how has this guy played on four teams in four years?

Defensive rebounds have become the Clippers’ kryptonite

Defending is hard enough before adding 14 seconds to the shot clock.

Why Serge Ibaka’s return has been a big plus for the Clippers

Although it’s not been a week to celebrate for the Clippers, they have been boosted by Serge Ibaka’s return to the lineup.

10 thoughts for the last 10 games, Vol. 2

The defense has held up — how can the offense get better?

Ivica Zubac is anchoring a stifling defense

The Clippers have shifted from an elite offense in recent years to an elite defense in 2021-22, and Zubac is a big reason why.

What are we to make of Reggie Jackson’s early returns this season?

Jackson has never shot the ball this much. What else is there to his game?

Marcus Morris Sr. looks to have his mobility back

The timing and shotmaking are still to come, but the Clippers forward seems on track to make a positive impact sooner than later.

Marcus Morris’s return will help the Clippers pack an extra punch

With Marcus Morris set to make his return to the floor, the Clippers will be able to put up more of a fight in the paint.

It’s hard to compute how great Paul George has been this season

As the Clippers’ de facto number one, George has been elite and electric. As basketball fans, we should cherish it.

Eric Bledsoe’s play hasn’t merited a spot in the starting lineup

While Paul George and Reggie Jackson ride their early-season heaters, Bledsoe is showing signs of regression. That has to change.

The Clippers bench continues to bring the energy

As the starters begin to come around during this current run, it’s the energy off the bench that continues to be the team’s biggest boost.

10 thoughts for 10 Clippers games

Here’s what stands out at the first check-in of the season.

Serge Ibaka had a self-described ‘rough’ debut

He was just happy to be on the court and participate in a win.

The Clippers used their size to smother the Hornets

Normally a team that likes to go small, the Clippers flipped the script and stayed big to great effect.

Nicolas Batum has been a steadying presence in the Clippers’ turnaround

With the Clippers starting to put together a run, Nicolas Batum has been right at the heart of it and will continue to be crucial.

If defense wins championships, count the Clippers in as immediate contenders

The Clippers aren’t consistently scoring like they used to. It helps that they won’t let their opponents score, either.

Neither Paul George nor the Clippers is off to the start they hoped for

Paul George said he was ready to lead. At 1-3, that leadership is more important than ever.

The Clippers need to make quicker decisions on offense

Overdribbling has cost the Clippers early in the season.

How the Clippers’ push for pace has impacted their start to the season

The Clippers have shown an extra emphasis on pace to start the season, but how effective has it been and is it sustainable long term?

Nicolas Batum unleashed his team’s defensive potential yet again

Batum set the tone defensively against Portland, and the rest of the Clippers followed.

The starting lineup hasn’t yet come to play

The Clippers are getting off to terrible starts in the first and third quarters.

What remains of the artist formerly known as Serge Iblocka?

Once the league’s most fearsome rim presence, Ibaka’s 2021-22 season is all about proving what he has left in the tank.

Where the Clippers’ hopes and dreams lie ahead of the new season

With the new NBA season upon us, the Clippers have another chance to make our wildest dreams come true

Marcus Morris Sr. is here to fill in the gaps

After an adjustment period a year ago, the 11-year veteran is perfectly comfortable in his role with the Clippers.

How Reggie Jackson can continue to bring the good times to L.A.

Having been the smiling face throughout the Clippers preseason, Reggie Jackson’s personality could continue to be a huge key for the franchise this year

Where does Ivica Zubac go from here?

More of the same or the same but more?

Los Angeles could be on its way to being Terance Mann’s world, with everyone else just living in it

The up-and-coming swingman proved his worth and abilities well into the postseason, and with a maximized role this season, the sky is the limit.

Playoff P is unstoppable, if and when his threes are falling

PG’s playoff 3-point shooting could be the final puzzle piece to the Clippers championship puzzle.

How Keon Johnson can hit the heights for the Clippers

Keon Johnson’s youth and physical tools suggest he has much room for improvement.

The Clippers gave Nicolas Batum a second chance a year ago; they haven’t looked back since

In his first season with the Clippers, Batum finished second in both the Western Conference and Olympics. Now he wants to finish first.

Bledsoe’s second act as a Clipper could prove to be his finest

The returner’s role on a win-now team will be instrumental in the pursuit of a championship.

George King is making the most of his second NBA chance

The training camp invite played like a veteran in the preseason opener.