Wammy Giveaway wrote:Remember that the Clippers are very good at preventing 3-game losing streaks, mainly because they fear it; they've yet to have one this year. They've also avoided ejections as well, but they need to be much more in control as the technical fouls are increasing (We didn't have one in tonight's game). The Mavericks will look to avenge their playoff loss to Clippers on Sunday after having failed to secure the 3-0 lead and automatic series win from last year's playoffs rematch. Mavs also get a time advantage since it's a matinee game, and Clippers have always had a bad experience with morning tip offs.
If Clippers can prevent a 3-game losing streak by defeating Mavericks in a morning game, they will never have a 3-game losing streak again for the rest of this season.
If the Clippers lose to Mavericks, however, pencil them in the bubble, between out of the playoffs and barely making it into the play-in tournament (10th and 11th seeds).
Frankly, I'm surprised they've been this good. I'm not impressed by this roster. Bledsoe and Hartenstein are rejects who have pleasantly overperformed. And I dunno if Luke maintain this level--the league may figure him out like they did Shamet. Or if T-Mann is any more than a 7th-to-9th man.
I hate to say it, but a lot is riding on Senior earning his $15.6M this year. That's way too much cash to be tied up in a noncontributing clock-puncher.