1980-81 SEASON

Paul Silas replaced Shue as head coach before the 1980-81 campaign, and the Clippers traded Lloyd B. Free to the Golden State Warriors for six-year veteran Phil Smith and a first-round draft choice. But the year was over for San Diego before it began-during training camp Walton's feet gave out once again, and he missed the entire season.

The Clippers were no worse than the year before, finishing at 36-46. SWen Nater pulled down 12.4 boards per game to rank second in the league. Freeman Williams led the team with 19.3 points per game and Phil Smith added 16.8 points per contest. But once again the team occupied fifth place in the Pacific Division, the fifth year in a row that the franchise had failed to qualify for the postseason.

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