Clippers Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10
Below is a graph of where the Clippers have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Clippers this week:
Clippers ranked 10th - "The Clippers have inflicted two of San Antonio's six losses this season. That's the extent of the good news to pass along from Los Angeles these days after Chris Paul, who started the season so well, joined Blake Griffin on the sideline thanks to a tweaked hamstring. In their first two games without the services of their two best players, coach Doc Rivers & Co. lost to Dallas (which was 2-13 on the road) and the Lakers (who had lost 11 straight games to their Staples Center co-tenants)."
Clippers ranked 10th - "They manage to go nowhere thanks to teams behind them failing to surge enough and their own split of beating San Antonio short-handed and losing to the Lakers in the same spot. Injuries are starting to catch up with them; the season is long, and every team has dips. The Clippers are probably going to hit a dip here for a while, not because of any one injury, but the aggregate."
Clippers ranked 7th - "They’ve made do without Blake Griffin plenty in the last year or so, but it’s an undeniable bump in the road, and maybe a bit of a reality check. Their long-term expectations are tied to his play. And now, Chris Paul is banged up, too."
Clippers ranked 6th - "Last season, the Clippers scored more efficiently in the 47 games that Blake Griffin missed (108.0 points per 100 possessions) than in the 35 games he played (104.4). So another extended absence (he's out 4-6 weeks after having knee surgery on Tuesday) is another chance to see how they play with more spacing around their Chris Paul-DeAndre Jordan pick-and-rolls. They scored 113 points per 100 possessions in their first two games without Griffin last week, getting a big win against the Spurs on Thursday. But Paul got hurt himself in that game, was clearly missed in losses to the Mavs and Lakers, and is out at least two more games."
Clippers ranked 6th - "This team can survive the loss of Blake Griffin and keep winning (they seem to do it every year, their offense gets more efficient running CP3/DeAndre Jordan pick-and-rolls), but they can’t lose Chris Paul too. His hamstring injury has cost them two games (including to the Lakers on Christmas), and he is expected to be out at least one more (Monday) and possibly Wednesday and Friday as well."