After pulling off one of the most impressive offseasons we’ve seen in a long time, signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George on the same night, the Los Angeles Clippers made an immediate leap from possible playoff team to title favorite. With the Golden State Warriors dynasty dismantled — at least for the time being — and the defending champion Toronto Raptors now without their best player, the league seemed as wide open as it’s ever been, and the Clippers were happy to fill the void.
So far, however, their brilliant summer has not led to quite the success they were hoping for. Or, at least not the joy and fulfillment. They’re 31-14, which is good for third place in the West, but they’re 4 1/2 games back of their roommates, the Los Angeles Lakers, for the top spot in