2015 was a nightmare season for the Clippers. Blake Griffin missed 45 games due to injury, including a broken hand suffered in an ugly fistfight with a team employee outside of a Toronto restaurant.
They limped to the finish of the season with a 44-38 record, and were bounced in the first round of the NBA Playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers. The season was a complete failure by any definition.
In 2016, they’ve emphatically turned the page on last year’s disappointments.
The Clippers, and a healthy Blake Griffin, are off to an NBA best 7-1 start. Last night, they blew the doors off the Trail Blazers, 111-80, for their second straight 30-point blowout win. It was their third straight win of 20+ points. Griffin led all scorers with 22. This one was over by halftime.
It’s still early in the NBA season, but these aren’t last year’s Clippers. It remains to be seen whether they can contend for a Western Conference title, but, to this point, they’re the best team in the NBA that nobody is talking about.
That won’t last long if they keep steamrolling teams by 30 on a regular basis.