By Jazmine Smith

With the issues facing the Los Angeles Lakers right now (i.e., starting the season 1-4 and firing head coach Mike Brown), the Clippers are giving the city of Los Angeles something to still be proud of. With a 4-2 record so far in the 2012-2013 season and a group a reserves who allow the team to stay fresh, it looks as if the Clippers could be legitimate contenders right now. The team’s young talents are making major improvements (namely Deandre Jordan who was named “Best Center in the West” by Shaquille O’Neal last week). Even without Chauncey Billups (Achilles), Grant Hill (bone bruise) and with Blake Griffin nursing an injured elbow the Clippers are still ranked 4th in offense in the NBA (with an impressive six different players averaging points in the double digits). The most notable wins of the season for the Clippers thus far include taking down the Spurs and Trail Blazers on back to back nights, holding the Spurs to just 84 points and the Trail Blazers to 90. The Clippers have a battle on their hands as they face the defending champs Miami Heat and arguably the best defense in the league in the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. With so much depth though, both games could literally come down to the wire and go either way. All in all, even though improvements still need to be made, the Clippers are worth keeping up with, as they have the potential to go very far.

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