Will the LA Clippers ever live up to their true potential?

Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Since the ‘Lob City’ era, the LA Clippers have been riddled with injuries. This is the main reason the franchise has not seen the NBA Finals. These health concerns have held the Clippers back from their full potential year after year.

Though the LA Clippers made their first Western Conference Finals appearance in 2020-21, franchise superstar Kawhi Leonard injured his ACL in the second round of the playoffs. That left the pressure on his co-star, Paul George, to lead the franchise. Although he put forth all his effort, the Clippers did not have enough firepower to compete with the league’s best teams.

That said, this season has been no different. Every game, there is an injury, which ultimately puts the Clippers in a position to lose. Rightfully, fans are starting to worry that the Leonard and George era will live up to the hype. This is not a good look, as the franchise built a phenomenal team around their two best talents.

Leonard and George’s health will dictate the LA Clippers’ title hopes.

So far this season, the LA Clippers have played limited games in total health. Along with Leonard and George, critical pieces in John Wall, Norman Powell, and Luke Kennard have also missed time. Although injuries may be uncontrollable, head coach Tyronn Lue will need his players to show up if the team wants to accomplish its goals.

Moreover, one of the biggest questions fans have is whether or not the LA Clippers will shine to the best of their abilities. While they have previously proven what they are capable of, the Western Conference continues to thrive, making it difficult for the Clippers to attain one of the top seeds.

Nonetheless, the time is now for the front office to make a trade. They must evaluate the market to see what’s available. A star with no significant injury history who can impact both ends of the floor is exactly what Lue needs. This move would keep the Clippers afloat until Leonard and George are ready to make their total return.

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If the Clippers’ superstar duo misses their window, the off-season will be brimmed with trade rumors and roster changes leading into the future. Currently, Lue and the franchise are in the best position to win it all. Despite their disappointing record of 13-11, it is not too late to turn things around if the LA Clippers can stay healthy.