Over at ESPN Los Angeles, Andrew Han delves into the symptoms and perhaps the cause of the intangible something that is missing from the Clippers this season. He weaves the oddness of the Austin Rivers trade with how fluctuating on-court performances have drawn the ire of Staples Center crowds. And he muses over how, despite success, a creeping uncertainty is making the fan base anxious:
…fans have openly expressed distaste with how this season’s campaign has progressed, one going as far as to say that this team has been the hardest to root for in some time. At worst the Clippers are now a fringe contender. Were the bad old days really preferable?
Resoundingly no. But for a fan base that has gulped nothing but continuity and process for the past 18 months, the Clippers have shown very little of either, vacillating between Spursian precision and Keystone Cops, sometimes within the same game. The schizophrenic identity of the team has manifested itself as manic behavior from its supporters. Off the court, it gets no better.