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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Los Angeles Clippers

Why am I here? (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers have lost five in a row -- the fourth losing streak of five or more games this season -- after falling to a decimated Indiana Pacers team on Saturday, which only adds to the stench that has surrounded the team all season. This has been another troubling campaign in Clipper Land, with former General Manager Elgin Baylor suing owner Donald Sterling alleging racial and age discrimination and Baron Davis sporting a constant frown with his patented beard.

Last week, the Clippers once again made headlines for all of the wrong reasons. They opened the week with an embarrassing, 28-point home loss against the San Antonio Spurs, who happen to be a pretty good team. But after the game, Sterling was so upset that he went on a tirade about his team's lack of effort, while simultaneously backing Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy. Sterling threatened to trade all of the players, and according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer told second-year forward Al Thornton that he was the most selfish player he had ever seen. Strong words, considering this is the Clippers we're talking about.

So how did the Clippers respond to the words of their owner? They went out and lost by 23 points to a Memphis Grizzlies team that was playing on the second end of back-to-back games, was on a eight-game losing streak and had just three road wins all season. Sterling hasn't had much success as an NBA owner, but he doesn't appear to have much of future as a motivational speaker, either.

By Michael Lee  |  March 9, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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I would like to see Gilbert play,esp if he thinks and the doctors think he is healthy enough to. He won't help the team but just to see where he is in his game and also for him to get his rhythm back. After all, he's technically been out for 2 seasons now and there is some serious rust and Gilbert is more than likely need to get back in playing condition. I think most competitive players would like to help their team on the court, even if the team is going now where. Perfect example, D. Wade last season.

With McGuire, many folks can defend his game, but I don't see him and several other players on this team in the Wizards future. I hate to be mean but this is an audition for those players, so other teams to determine whether they'll fit on their roster come next season. When Gilbert, Haywood, Stevenson and the Wizards top selection joins the team many players like, McGuire, Critteon, Young, and possibly Blatche won't be seeing any minutes next season. But then again, EVERYTHING depends on the type of coach Ernie brings in.

Posted by: rcnasa | March 9, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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