The Los Angeles Clippers have a rich, recent history of 50-win regular seasons and postseason disappointments. They have averaged 55 victories the past four seasons but have been knocked out in the first round twice and the second round twice. After losing Game 1 of their first-round series to the Utah Jazz, the question is being asked:
Should the Clippers break up their core — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick — if another early flameout happens?
That’s the question posed to coach Doc Rivers, who joined the Clippers before the 2013-14 season. Paul, Griffin and Redick will all hit the free-agent market this summer — one that should net them lucrative deals now that the NBA is flush with money.
But Rivers told USA Today the Clippers shouldn’t tear it down if things go bad again in the playoffs and that paying a steep luxury tax penalty to keep the trio is worth it.