Clippers’ Playoff Push Continues

As the Laker’s playoff dreams fade away, the Clippers remain strong contenders.

Jesse Palomera, Contributing Writer

When “Lob City” came to an end and LeBron James signed with the Lakers, many counted the Clippers out. Fast forward to March and the Clippers are in playoff contention, while the Lakers’ struggles continue on and off the court.

The Clippers have exceeded many expectations and proved their doubters wrong. As veteran point guard Patrick Beverley said, “We are the best team in L.A for sure.”

With a 41-30 record, the Clippers are the better team in L.A and since their 2011-2012 season, they have only missed the playoffs once.

Despite trading away arguably their best player, Tobias Harris, the Clippers look to finish their season strong.

Since adding Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler and JaMychal Green at the trade deadline, the Clippers have won 11 out of their last 15 games and tied their season-high five-game winning streak before losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on March 12.

With 11 games left in season, the Clippers have witnessed a fluctuating Western Conference seeding.

Being in the postseason has been a staple for the Clippers for the past few years and with the momentum moving forward, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes in his team, regardless of the seeding.

“Our thing is getting in, that’s all we want to do, first. Just keep winning and see where we end up. We don’t mind who we play, we really don’t,” said Rivers in a post-game conference after the March 12 loss to the Blazers.

The Clippers will face the Lakers one more time this season and will battle five playoff teams in their last 11 games. As the season winds down, the Clippers continue their pursuit of a higher playoff seed as they look to improve their current standings in the Western Conference.

With playoffs around the corner, the Clippers have the pieces they need to potentially make a deep run in the postseason.

The Clippers will be in action tonight at the Staples Center as they battle the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m.