Gentlemen, start your engines!!! The NBA season is upon us. After a very brief respite, our beloved cagers are here once again to provide us our daily dose of basketball medicine to drive away the thoughts of this COVID misery. Truly a wonderful medicine for these difficult times.
“History is written by the victors.” In a way, this truism also holds true for sports. History will always be kind to the victors and cruel on the losers, as the recent NBA Championship has demonstrated.
This should be the lesson and the big challenge for the Clippers next year. For all the talent, the beef and the basketball IQ they have collectively, nothing will beat a team that is cohesive and willing to dirty themselves deep in the trenches.
There is so much at stake for the Clippers in this game. After the massive investment to bring in Kawhi, George, Marcus Morris and the rest, a loss now will be a huge downer. Coach Rivers will have to get this team mentally and physically prepared to do battle. Failing that, this could be the end of the Clippers’ title dreams for the years ahead.
With this year’s uncertainties, NBA basketball has never been as unpredictable as it has now. Who knows? If they continue playing smooth Denver ball, this could finally be the year the Nuggets get to ball.
The 16 playoff spots have been filled. It’s on to the NBA playoffs. Will it be the Lakers? Or will it be the Bucks this time? Will the Clippers be able to mount a challenge? Will the defending Raptors work their magic once again? Who you got?