By G Moniy
HHV Sports Contributing Writer
The way the world looks at the Golden State Warriors, prior to the signing of Kevin Durant, is how the world wanted to look at the Los Angeles Clippers. After years of always losing, the Clippers landed a star with Blake Griffin. Soon, they also got a leader with Chris Paul.
It didn’t take long for the Clippers to become a 50 win team and all eyes were on them. Like most young teams, they managed to lose in the playoffs. But, by 2014, the sports critics and fans, alike, expected them to grow up and become a real contender.
Everything was there for the Clippers, even a “little brother” rivalry with the Golden State Warriors. Led by the forever young-looking Steph Curry, the mighty Warriors gave the Clippers a real test in a hard-fought seven game series in 2014. But, the Warriors weren’t going to go out the way the Clippers did.
Instead of continuing to be the foil for the Clippers, the Warriors took over the NBA, beginning in the 2014-15 season and never looked back. They won the 2015 title and then broke the record for most wins in a season in 2016, so they want a balance of wins and a championship in 2017. A rivalry with the Clippers is pretty much one-sided now.
The Warriors shut up every critic who said the Clippers would show the world who was really number one. They went into Staples and won 115 to 98. Now, it’s clear the Warriors are the real deal, or that the Clippers aren’t.
Watch the full game highlights from the Warriors and Clippers below:
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