NBA Offseason Buzz: L.A. Clippers
This year's top rookie will boost the performance of one of last season's fresh faces
On paper, the Clippers look to be a playoff lock, what with a roster of talent that easily surpasses Houston, Utah and possibly even New Orleans. And yet only a fool would count on a postseason berth after they were the NBA's third-lowest scoring team and tied for the second-worst record last season. Granted, the injury bug hit early and thoroughly, but let's face it: Dysfunction was the No. 1 element that undermined the Clippers' season. As it always seems to do. Does adding No. 1 pick and solid citizen Blake Griffin, while jettisoning a feckless Zach Randolph, solve that? It's certainly a good start.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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