Will the Clippers Succeed Under Pressure?

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Blake Griffin (left), DeAndre Jordan (center), Chris Paul (right)

Out of all of the teams contending for a championship this year, the Los Angeles Clippers are the ones with the most pressure. Mostly because they have brought it on themselves due to some offseason drama, but also because talent-wise their team is the best looking one on paper. Almost everyone is expecting them to at the very least get past the 2nd round of the playoffs, something they have never been able to do.

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Mark Cuban

Offseason drama involving DeAndre Jordan and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has put the spotlight on DeAndre himself, and on his team. After agreeing to a verbal agreement with Cuban, Jordan backed out in the last minute and opted instead to remain a Clipper. Betrayal! Sports fans, and athletes themselves take loyalty very seriously.

This adds to the pressure Chris Paul and Blake Griffin already felt by not being able to get past the 2nd round, and having choked last year against the Rockets after having a 3-1 lead. Will they overcome all of this drama? Probably not, the spotlight will be too much for them, and they will come up short once again.

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