The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, 114-82. They had a 91-53 lead after three quarters and this was their third game in four nights. Over the weekend they beat the Grizzlies by 11 and the Spurs by 24. They’re off to a 6-1 start, which is the best in franchise history.
While the Warriors upgraded their core, the Clippers stuck with their 2.5-star formula of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. While the Warriors are too talented to either not figure it out or not succeed without figuring it out, the Clippers have gone with continuity.
The supporting players like J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers are the same. As is their 5th starter, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. They added Marreese Speights who is contributing a tad bit more than he was for Golden State last year. And it has all worked perfectly. They skipped that awkward getting to know you phase and it has paid off with a fast start.
Admittedly, this is a small sample size and it only matters what happens in the playoffs, but the decision of the Clippers to stick with Blake and DeAndre gives the team a guaranteed 50-something wins and a chance to break through in the playoffs. Maybe this will be the year with the other top teams in the West are busying trying to figure things out. Who knows!?