Over on the mothership, Kevin Arnovitz reflects on the Clippers’ position in mid-March. The Clippers are very, very good. But is that enough?
Still, there’s a certain restlessness around the Clippers. For weeks, the Clippers were regarded as a lock for the No. 3 seed, but they’re now fending off Memphis, who has lost once since the All-Star break (a well-played nail-biter at Miami). The high-grade basketball the Clippers showcased during their 17-game winning streak is still there most nights against most opponents, but there are a few teams who play more capably more often. Vinny Del Negro conceded as much pregame Sunday, and it speaks highly of a team when it acknowledges underperformance, even while it’s winning most of its games.