The Los Angeles Clippers put their 17-game win streak on the line Tuesday night in Denver and failed to continue their dream run. It is hard to believe that after their 8-6 record to start the season the Clippers have the best record in the NBA with a 25-7 record. The Clippers have done this with a team effort and have used at least 10 if not all 12 players in the rotation. Comparisons are being made to the elite teams such as the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
The 2012-13 Clippers have already set records with the franchise’s longest win streak of 17. These same Clippers are starting to be mentioned in the class of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers who won 33 games in a row. The question becomes, are these Clippers good enough to win 33 games in a row?
This is the same franchise that has been the laughing stock of the NBA and for many years the door mat for the Lakers. The Clippers have become the organization and team that all Clippers fans have longed and hoped for. They have assembled a team with a great mixture of young talent along with seasoned veterans. ESPN NBA analyst Magic Johnson just recently praised the Clippers at halftime of their Christmas Day game; “I thought I would never, ever see Showtime again. And I was the architect of Showtime. The Clippers? That’s Showtime!”
The 33-game win streak by the 71-72 Lakers is a streak that most believe won’t be broken but if the Clippers can stay focused and play the way they did in December, we may just find them playing in the Western Conference Finals and possibly NBA Finals.
The Clippers have turned the corner as a franchise and only time will tell as to whether this team and organization can overtake the mighty Lakers for fan fare and records. They certainly have a long way to go in championships, but it is not far-fetched to think that these young Clippers might be able to win 33 in a row someday.
They will have to start a new streak now.
Robert W. Ekberg is a staff writer for SportsOutWest and Los Angeles Area-based sports journalist. Follow him on Twitter @Robek24
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