How the West is being won

Streaking Warriors and Clippers led by strong defense, guard play

Updated: December 18, 2012, 1:42 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Chris Paul and Eric BledsoeJayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireThe Clippers are on a 10-game win streak largely because of guards Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe.

Part of the formula for success in the NBA is beating the teams you are supposed to beat. Sure, it might be great to beat the best teams, but feasting upon the bad ones is significant. Combining that with steady, solid play can lead to waves of wins like the ones the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have ridden to the top of their respective conferences.

On Monday, we talked about how the Thunder and Knicks have taken advantage of weaker teams as well as the play of their respective stars, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. Today, we discuss two more streaking teams in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams are surging, but they've taken very different courses to get where they are.

Just how are the Clippers and Warriors winning?

Clippers' not-so-secret weapon

One of the hottest teams of late, the Los Angeles Clippers are on a 10-game winning streak but probably have played the easiest schedule in the league.

Who cares?


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