LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

CHANCES OF WINNING TITLE: 2%

Cohen’s Analysis: This was one of those rare instances where many assumed an upgrade at the head coaching spot would significantly raise a team’s status and championship potential. Sure, Doc Rivers is an excellent coach and yes, the Clippers have a solid roster, but there just simply aren’t enough differences between the team that got eliminated in the First Round of the playoffs last season and the team still struggling to defend anyone this year.

Chris Paul has yet to prove he can steer a team deep into the playoffs and Blake Griffin continues to warrant criticism for not being tough enough on the low block. If they can become a more defensive-oriented team by the time the postseason comes, then the Clippers will have a chance to eclipse the rest of the competition.

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