3 reasons why the LA Clippers may not win it all

Reggie Jackson, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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LA Clippers, Kawhi Leonard
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2. Health

No NBA team is impervious to the injury bug. Countless squads who appeared to be on their way to basketball immortality were left disappointed and heartbroken as their star players were unable to participate down the stretch.

This past season, LA fought on a nightly basis to combat their never ending health issues. Kawhi Leonard, of course, was forced to miss the entire year due to a torn ACL. Paul George, their All-Star second in command, missed 51 games due to a litany of injuries, including torn ligaments in his right elbow. Norman Powell, their newly acquired super sub, missed several games as well due to a foot injury.

As the 2022-23 season inches closer and closer, the LA Clippers will house a fully fit roster. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll remain injury-free for the entire year. Leonard has been known to suffer ticky-tack injuries throughout the regular season and has never been viewed as the sort of player who was willing to push his injury woes to the side and play. Reggie Jackson has also spent long stretches sequestered on the sidelines as he nursed his own injury issues in the past.

As presently constructed, the Clippers have a deep enough roster to withstand several injuries, even to some of their star players. Still, if LA is forced to go a protracted amount of time without their best players once the postseason comes rolling by, their time underneath the postseason lights won’t last very long.