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Kenyon Martin says Clippers “can’t do it in the playoffs”

Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (R) and Blake Griffin (L) wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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The Los Angeles Clippers last four losses are to the Spurs, Thunder, Nuggets and Grizzlies. The teams they will have to beat in the playoffs. It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

In the first months of this season the Clippers looked like a title contender, right now that is simply not the case. Their defense in particular has not been good enough, DeAndre Jordan is not consistent enough on that end. And in the playoffs, when teams get a more focused game plan and the easy baskets — the highlight dunks — get taken away the Clippers offense will have to adjust as well.

Can they do that? Can Vinny Del Negro get them to do that?

Kenyon Martin, the former Clipper and current Knick says no, he told Arash Markazi ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“They can’t do it in the playoffs, so it doesn’t matter,” Martin said. “Regular season, it’s all up-and-down. We know how the game goes in the regular season.”

Martin didn’t want to elaborate, adding only, “I don’t care what they do, to be honest with you. I hope they lose every game.”


The second part there is telling. Martin is a bitter man toward the Clippers. They didn’t make any kind of what he considered a serious effort to bring him back and after that he spent most of the season on the sidelines waiting for an NBA call. Martin is not an objective observer of the Clippers.

That doesn’t mean he’s wrong. A whole lot of people are saying the same things about the Clippers right now.