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Clippers look toward 2014-2015!
Doc Rivers said it best. The Los Angeles Clippers believed that they were good enough to win the NBA Championship this year until the Oklahoma City Thunder showed them that they are not. OKC went on to win Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the Clips to close out the series and advance to the Western Finals, where they will match against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Clips, on the other hand, saw their playoff run getting to a close after a very tough month for the entire Clipper Nation. The Clippers now enter a period of radical changes, as the ownership situation is still being worked out and no solution is found up to now.
Thankfully, despite this devastating loss and the elimination from the second round, the Clipper Nation can stay optimistic for the future. The Clips have a great core of stars who are under contract for at least two more seasons and they also have one of the best coaches still active in the league, in Doc Rivers. So, the future will certainly be bright for this team, which has already managed to establish itself in the elite of the Western Conference.
There are no excuses for the Clips' elimination. Yes, the entire Clipper Nation was shocked by Donald Sterling's racist comments and of course the team got distracted to a point from this incident. And the truth is that the Clips received a few bad calls from the officials in some games. Maybe they even lost a game in this second round series due to some bad calls. Nonetheless, they have to admit that the Oklahoma City Thunder was a bit better than them and they deserved the ticket to the Western Finals.
Don't get me wrong here. I am not saying that the Clips are not a championship - caliber team, because they are. They do have the pieces needed to seriously contend for the title and I strongly believe they will do so next season and the one after. However, they will now need to work to develop those pieces, build even more chemistry and enter the next season even stronger than they did with this past one.
And this is totally doable. With Doc Rivers at the wheel of the team, the Clips can further improve their game. The Clips can still improve their team defense and they can improve as individuals, too. DeAndre Jordan can be developed into one of the most dominant centers in the league and Blake Griffin can correct all those flaws that make him vulnerable, like managing his emotions with the game on the line.
The entire Clipper Nation should feel proud about this team. The Clippers will come back stronger next season. Hopefully, the ownership issue gets solved quickly and after that the team can focus on its game and the ways it can be improved.
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