The Los Angeles Clippers have been inconsistent all season, but they have won six of their last eight games and hope to make one final push for the playoffs.
They are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference, and while it may not be realistic to move up the standings, they are looking to at least bypass the play-in tournament and make the postseason.
Kawhi Leonard has been playing outstanding basketball lately, and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, a former NBA big man, says Leonard is back to being like Michael Jordan.
.@KendrickPerkins is very impressed with Kawhi’s recent form 👀💪
“He’s been back to his Jordan fashion.” pic.twitter.com/jMfs9UdSCC
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 24, 2023
The star forward missed all of last season with a partially torn ACL, and there were some questions about how he would look this season and how well he would play.
In the first two months of the schedule, he looked like a man well past his prime, but since the start of the new calendar year, he’s put up 27.6 points per game while shooting 53.4 percent overall and a sizzling 48 .3 percent from the 3-point range.
With counterpart Paul George out for at least the next few weeks, Leonard will need to play at his zenith for the Clippers to avoid the play-in tournament, as they are just one game ahead of the sixth-place Golden State Warriors.
Los Angeles definitely has issues and concerns, as point guard Russell Westbrook is a good but very flawed player, but the team certainly has the talent and depth when healthy to scare a team like the Denver Nuggets or Phoenix Suns come playoff time.
Russell Westbrook comments on Fresh Start With The Clippers