With the 2014-15 NBA season coming to an end, the Los Angeles Clippers have a difficult situation. They’re currently holding the sixth seed in the loaded Western Conference, and they are on a big losing streak and have struggling all year. With Blake Griffin anticipated to be out indefinitely carrying out a Monday elbow surgery to eliminate a staph infection, the Clippers might be externally looking in once the playoffs roll around.
Up to now this season, Griffin has predictably been one of many driving forces behind the Clippers’ success. On The season is average is 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, and has embraced his role as Los Angeles’ enforcer. With him out from the lineup for an estimated 4-6 weeks, the Clippers will obviously miss his presence on both parties of the court.
At this point, only six games separate the Clippers and the ninth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans. And with the way Anthony Davis has been playing as of late down in the Bayou, a rough patch for the Clippers could spell disaster.
If the Clippers are likely to survive this surprise departure from their star big man, they’ll need offseason acquisition Spencer Hawes to intensify in a huge way. Hawes is going to be starting for Griffin during his recovery, and is going to be expected to restore the nightly production the athletic power forward brought to the floor. However, he’s no sure thing, and will definitely take the time to adjust to his new role in the Clippers’lineup.
The Clippers are still 0-3 in February, and need to bounce back quickly to regain playoff positioning. With Griffin out indefinitely, which could not happen in time. Depending on what Los Angeles adjusts, Chris Paul and Co. could possibly be watching the playoffs from the comfort of home come mid-April.