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Clips: Beyond wild West expectations

For team perennially in the cellar, talk of conference finals or more not out of question

Updated: January 18, 2012, 1:54 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- To say expectations for the Los Angeles Clippers have been heightened this season is to assume there were even expectations for this franchise to begin with.

Clippers games resulting in anything other than losses have been a cause for celebration around these parts for the past 30 years.

That quickly changed, of course, this offseason, when the long-suffering franchise acquired Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler over the span of a week and added the veteran ...

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