No matter how the Los Angeles Clippers finish in this series, the same criticism is going to be on them. If they win, they'll be expected to beat the Phoenix Suns or Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Even if both of those teams are better on paper. If they lose to the Utah Jazz in the second round once again after imploding in the bubble after a 3-1 lead on the Nuggets last year, they'll be calls to blow this team up. Even though Utah is the best team in the West.
Fair or not, that's what happens when you spurn Toronto and Oklahoma City to create a super team in one of the game's biggest markets. Even if your franchise's colors aren't purple and gold. A lot is riding on this series for the Clips even though they've had really had no history of winning across franchise history and they've had a miserable time as of late getting out of this round. Can Tyrone Lue get this team out of the second round, something his predecessor Doc Rivers could never do with this team? If Game 1 was any indication, that's looking like a large uphill battle.