The Clippers are out of the running, which is normally a sentence one would say sometime around December. This season, however, they made it all the way to the conference semifinals, taking care of a tough Grizzlies team in seven games before falling to the aging but still effective Spurs juggernaut. Seriously, 18 straight wins since mid-April? That's somewhat notable, don't you think? Anyway, the Clippers clearly must be pleased with how their season turned out overall, but there are questions about their long-term future, as neither Blake Griffin nor Chris Paul has signed a long-term contract extension. Will both reside in Lob City for the long haul?
Paul's and Griffin's futures?
Blake Griffin is eligible to sign an extension this summer, while Chris Paul is under contract for only one more year.
Paul and Griffin meshed well in their first season, but it'll take more than a barrage of alley-oops to win a championship.
Are the Spurs favorites?
The Spurs have been written off as done before, but they're looking like the mid-2000s team of old in these playoffs.