3 things that could stop the LA Clippers from expected NBA title in 2023

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1. Health issues

The biggest concern for the LA Clippers next season is health. When healthy, the LA Clippers are the best team in the NBA. Last season was a perfect example of how health can tarnish a team’s odds of making a deep run in the playoffs.

With Leonard missing the whole season, George only playing 31 games, and Powell only playing five games since being traded, the Clippers missed the playoffs. Had these players remained healthy, it was almost certain that the Clippers would have run it back to the Western Conference Finals and potentially made an appearance in the NBA Finals.

By adding a player like John Wall, these injury concerns just keep getting worse. Wall has not played a fully healthy season since 2017. The LA Clippers will need their star point guard to remain healthy if they want to make a deep run in the postseason.

In addition, there is no established backup center for the LA Clippers. After Ivica Zubac, the Clippers will be leaning on Moses Brown and Moussa Diabate to contribute in any way possible. If Zubac gets injured, the Clippers are in some serious trouble. This should not be much of an issue as Zubac is arguably the Clippers’ most durable player.

Even role players like Nicolas Batum and Marcus Morris missed significant time last season. If the Clippers want to have a clear shot at the NBA Finals, their role players will be needed all season long.

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A fully healthy Clippers will easily run through just about any team in the NBA. This could be high-risk-high-reward for Tyronn Lue and his players. Adjusting their minutes will be the most important aspect when competing with some of the best teams in the NBA.