The Los Angeles Clippers won their 14th game in a row against the Denver Nuggets on Christmas Day. The Clippers were once an organization that suffered from low self-esteem and an inferiority complex, however, today they are the most confident team in the NBA.
Even Denver Nuggets head coach, George Karl, could see that the Clippers have a different attitude from previous years. "They have a confidence right now that's pretty powerful," Karl said.
A part of the reason for this is because of the play of their bench. "When we are at our best, our starters have a great first quarter and our bench elevates that," Blake Griffin said. Jamal Crawford, in particular, is reharnessing his 6th man of the year self with his scoring punch off the bench. Last night, Crawford led the team in scoring with 22 points and Matt Barnes came off the bench with 20 points.
"It's about getting better and better," Crawford said. "We're trying to stay locked in and focused."
Chris Paul, however, isn’t losing sight of the ultimate goal. "This is fool's gold," cautioned Chris Paul, who led the starters with 14 points. "You don't play for the regular season. Obviously, you want to build something." And what the Clippers are trying to build is a championship caliber team.