x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Clippers' fans are dreaming at last

Los Angeles side have their followers daring to dream of play-off berth in the NBA.

Listen carefully ... is that the Clippers buzzing?

Los Angeles Clippers fans are not allowed to dream. It is not part of their DNA. It was removed after years of watching the most inept sports franchise in North America.

So imagine their struggle right now, trying to come to grips with what is apparently happening to the other professional basketball team in Los Angeles.

Blake Griffin, the rookie, seems to have turned the team around. More than that, he has created a genuine Clippers buzz. That may be the first time in history that "Clippers'' and "buzz'' have been used in the same sentence.

After starting the season an almost predictable 5-21, the Clippers have won 12 of their last 17.

Griffin, after missing all of last season following knee surgery, has been a double-double machine. He had double figures in points and rebounds in 27 consecutive games. And he seems to have lit the unpredictable pilot light of Baron Davis, the guard.

Davis has been a huge disappointment after signing a five-year, US$65 million (Dh238.7m)deal with the Clippers in 2008.

But matched with the slam-dunking Griffin, Davis is again playing well and seemingly happy as a playmaker. Griffin, 21, is one of only five players in the league averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

He has the Clippers playing their best basketball in years and they have victories over some of the league's best teams.

They still have a long road ahead to make the play-offs, but Griffin has fans coming to grips with this thing called dreaming.