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Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  101 responses

Blake Griffin Supports Mo Williams’ Playoff Guarantee


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The NBA season has yet to begin, and for all teams, hope springs eternal. Yes, even for the star-crossed Los Angeles Clippers.

Coming off a promising year that saw the rise of Blake Griffin as an All-Star talent, the Clips like their chances this season, and are making bold statements about what the near future holds.

From the LA Times:

[Mo] Williams said he has told all who will listen and all of the naysayers that “one thing that I can guarantee” is the Clippers will play in the postseason in 2012. “We’re right behind him in that regard,” [Blake] Griffin said Friday after another workout at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista. “That’s the mentality and the mind-set of our whole team. That’s something that I’ve been thinking about personally all summer. So I have no problems with him saying that. But at the same time we have to back that up and we have to be ready. And I think from talking to everybody, everybody is fired up and ready to go, and I think that’s the direction we’re headed in.”

“We’re going to go to the playoffs this year,” Williams said. “That’s what is going to happen. It’s just how far we’re going to go, that’s what it is. But we’re going to the playoffs.” Why does he feel that way? After all, the Clippers have not made the playoffs since 2006, and their last appearance before that was in 1997. “We’ve got the personnel in place,” Williams said. “And I know my leadership qualities. I know how hard I worked this off-season to prepare for this, and there’s no way I won’t be in the playoffs this year.”

The postseason guarantee isn’t entirely far-fetched. Last year, the Clippers appeared on their way to making the Playoffs until a rash of injuries (and general Clipper-ness) got in the way late in the season.

Assuming most of the key contributors stay healthy this time around, Clipper fans should feel just as confident as the players do in their team’s ability to seriously challenge for a Playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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  • MUBWAR

    it’s not that I don’t trust the reigning roy or EG or Mo William, I DON’T TRUST YOUR COACH so no you guys won’t make it there

  • Bt

    Haha that’s great mo but I think a guarantee that you will show up personally in the playoffs for the first time in your career would have more weight.

  • Bt

    Oh and for the record not going to happen

  • DieselMechanic

    Yea Mo Williams shouldn’t make guarantees unless he wants to guarantee that he will participate in the regular season.

  • thor

    I’m a believer in the Clippers this year, but they have to add a piece though. I like the Caron Butler idea.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Butler would get them in the playoffs, I see Denver droppin out because their team moved to China.

  • thor

    Exactly Max, also Utah is out and even though you should never underestimate Houston I also think they will take a back seat to this years Clippers. That’s unless houston add a guy like Nené.

  • LA Huey

    I remember back when Mo made a guarantee about beating the Magic in the ’09 ECF…

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    they’re fine. i wouldn’t be surprised with a postseason apperance. 7 or 8. they shouldn’t go for Caron imo. How old is he? but with Sterling, well i won’t be surprised if Caron ends up there as well.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Yeah, I think they will enter as the 8th seed.

  • Deedre

    I never got when anyone guaranteed anything. All its gonna do is make you look like an idiot in the end. Its not like people will start thinking you’re Nostradamus afterward, its puts an unnecessary amount of pressure on a team, especially a growing one like the Clippers and its definitely not going to be because of the guy making the claim. Just shut up and play

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @j 31 i think. i think a lot depends on if they re-sign jordan, houston will probably go hard after him though if they don’t get chandler. also lol @max

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    yeah i’d rather him say something like “If we manage to get into the playoffs Ill try not to choke again”.

  • LA Huey

    You think the Notorious VDN is going to get another 10 wins out of this team?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Man, I miss the Baron to Blake passes.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    The Clippers should be a play-off team this year, but its tough out West. If CP gets traded, or his whole situation affects the way NO play, they should take that 8 seed. If NO sort their roster and CP is back at full health it may be tough for the Clippers to take that spot.
    nbk who do you see making the play-offs out West?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Would be kinda hilarious if Baron was amnestied by the Cavaliers and then resigned with the Clippers for the minimum to revive the remains of his career.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Forgot about NO, don’t sleep on the warriors either.

  • LA Huey

    Dallas, OKC, Lakers, Spurs, Grizzlies, and Portland will return to the West’s playoff bracket. Denver (with all their turnover to China) and New Orleans (CP3 trade drama) returns are questionable. I think Houston is in position to take one of those two spots. And since it’s the West, you can’t get a playoff ticket if you don’t win more than 42 games. I think the Warriors finish ahead of the Clippers (but it could be my GState bias)

  • http://nba.com GP23

    2012 Western Conference Playoff Seeds:
    #1 Thunder
    #2 Lakers
    #3 Mavs
    #4 Timberwolves
    #5 Spurs
    #6 Memphis
    #7 Hornets (with CP3)
    #8 Clippers

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    GP23 Are you serious?

  • LA Huey

    Max, he obviously is. Minny as the 4th seed gave it away.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    lol when I first glanced at GP’s list I couldn’t tell why max was asking if it was serious.. then I seen the T’wolves…

  • 23

    I’ve always wanted to see LA vs LA in the playoffs. Just thought it would be cool. Hehe home court advantage would be BIG

  • http://nba.com GP23

    What’s bad with the T-Wolves?? Ricky Rubio, Kevin love and Derrick Williams are gonna kill it. That trio is enough for them to make the Playoffs, and I’m sticking by it. Rubio for ROY.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I also totally skipped over the T-Wolves on that list. It was like it was so ridiculous my brain couldn’t process it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    There is no way in hell the L-Wolves will be the 4th seed in the west, lol.
    And I don’t see the Clips making the playoffs either.
    Eight worst record last year.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    GP, if we would be playing 2K I’d agree with you, Beas, KLove and Randolph are beasts in that game..

  • Mavus

    It can happen, might be the best year to get in.. Playoff teams from last year, Denver and New Orleans have question marks.. 6th, 7th, and 8th are wide open..

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Ok, 4th seed for the T-Wolves may be a little high… but I still think they will make the Playoffs.

  • Mavus

    @GP23 If Rubio & Williams get MIN to go from 17 wins to 46-48 wins.. THey should win co-ROY ..

  • http://nba.com GP23

    It was hard leaving the Blazers out of that list, but if Brandon Roy leaves, then thay aren’t getting in. With the Warriors, they have Ellis and Curry who are offensive threats, but as a defensive team, they are simply not good enough to make the post-season.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    But the Wolves are?????

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    1- Thunder
    2- Mavs
    3- Lakers
    4- Spurs
    5- Memphis
    6- Portland
    7- Clippers
    8- Golden State

    7 and 8 spots are wide open depending on FA signings. I based this off the assumption that New Orleans is going to trade chris paul

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And I just don’t see Rubio averaging anything higher than 10 points and 5 assists per in his first year, which I don’t think is “killing it”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    yeah im guessing around 8-9 points 7-8 assists provided he even wins the starting job from luke ridnour

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Timberwolves are not making the playoffs. That idea in itself is absurd. That’s like those people that thought the Cavs would make the playoffs last year. It’s just not even close to happening.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    GP Portland without Roy = Portland fromprevious season, and you can’t knock on GSW’s D if your making a case for de TWolves..

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    the wolves are going to win about 24-26 games. They will improve (Rick Adelmen + Derrick Williams) but they most definatly will not make the playoffs

  • MaxIsNative

    Tha Gingerwin Man; speaks the truth.

  • Riggs

    i trust mo’s guarantees as much as i trust money-back guarantees…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man Beasley is ridiculously good on that game. It is infuriating. I lost to them the other day because of him and because Anthony Randolph grabbed 13 boards to go along with 14 and points and a few blocks. And they now have Baron Davis on the association.

  • LA Huey

    Wolves and Clippers wins will number in the high 20s and low 30s. Wolves are too young and have to deal with too much change (new coach) for them to make the playoffs. Clippers have the same coach as last season. Both will be fun to watch though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of sh*t. That’s all it is, isn’t it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. But for now, for your customer’s sake, for your daughter’s sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality product from me.”

  • chingy

    Whatever you’re smoking GP, you should prolly get off of it…

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametime

    If Blake Griffin is the truth there is no reason they can’t make the playoffs.. Eric Gordon has one of the sweetest jumpers in the league and after how the whole LeBron thing went down in Cleveland, Mo Williams has one of the biggest chips on his shoulder.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametime

    Megatron I like your picks I’d actually have Memphis finishing with a slightly better record than the Spurs though assuming Marc Gasol stays on their roster.

  • An Tran

    So they will guarantee being swept in the first round? How fun.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    yeah gametime, I was somewhat undecided about who would finish better, I think it depends on if battier resigns or not. i’d love to see that rematch in the playoffs though

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I think GSW takes that 8th spot. Clips are not making the playoffs until they get rid of VDN.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Co-sign JTaylor.
    Y’all don’t know, man, having VDN as your coach is a horrible epidemic.
    It’s like the VD stands for Venereal Disease.
    Also, some of y’all are sleeping on the Spurs if you think they’re gonna be a 5 seed.
    You guys forget they were one of two teams to win 60 games last year?
    I’m not saying they’re gonna win it all next year or be the number 1 seed, but they always have a great record in the regular season.
    Last time they won less than 50 games in a non lockout-shortened season was in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash’s rookie season and before THAT was in Shaq’s rookie season when they won 49 games.
    Consistency at its finest.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    Enigmatic, I know they always win 50 but in 2009-2010 season they were the seven seed. Each of the two years before that I think they were the 3 seed. So I dont really think its gonna be that suprising if they drop down to the 5 seed this year. They did lose george hill and they are getting older so these back to back to backs and 4 games in 5 nights aren’t going to be easy on them.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Yeah, if the Spurs manage to stay healthy throughout the RS like last year, I don’t see them no lower than a 4th seed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    but it is going to be close, I think they can have a great record and still be the 4th or 5th seed. Thats why I put them at 4

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Fair enough, Megatron.
    I suppose I should remember in the west you can easily win 50 games and NOT have home court advantage in the first round.
    Least you have a lot more sense than GP23, saying the L-Wolves will get a higher seed than the Spurs. Lol

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^Thanks matic..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    All love, GP. I just can’t believe you have so much faith in the Wolves.
    Only thing they have going for them is their new coach, their rookie and Love.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    yeah faith in the wolves is never a good thing

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I do have faith in Rick Adelman though. He is the only one in that organization that knows how to win.

  • fish sticks

    I remember a Mo guarantee that he would win thw 09 skills comp… And that the cavs would beat the magic… And that they would win game 5… Every time dude guarantees something it doesnt happen haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    also david kahn is a lunatic

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Faith in any team whose leading scorers are Michael Beasley & Kevin Love at under 25 years of age, with your 3rd best player being a rookie who plays the exact same position(s) is never a good idea. But what I will say is Darko is about to have the best year of his career.

  • eZ

    I think the condensed season will be killing old legs faster, instead of saving them because there are less total games to be played. I thought I heard Dennis Scot say the same on some NBA show a couple of months back, he experienced the same in ’99.
    I think old teams play great the first 20 games and then injuries and fatigue will come up. Having said that I would predict it like this:
    1. Thunder
    2. Memphis
    3. Lakers
    4. Mavs
    5. Portland
    6. Spurs
    7. Hornets
    8. Clips

    That is with important players staying put or being resigned.
    Man if Gasol stays and ego’s are checked, Memphis will be a beast of a team. Best team-balance by far and almost entirely young.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    The Hornets are not making the playoffs. There is just no way. Chris Paul will be a Laker by February.

  • chingy

    If NO keeps CP3, they are in. He himself is good enough for an 7th/8th seed this season.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNFKaq5vqw nbk

    yeah but they aren’t. They would be stupid to even try and keep him.

  • chingy

    East playoff picture anyone? I got:
    1. Heat
    2. Bulls
    3. Celtics
    4. Hawks
    5. Knicks
    6. Magic
    7. Pacers
    8. Nets

  • chingy

    ^ agree ndk.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    1. Heat
    2. Bulls
    3. Knicks
    4. Celtics
    5. Hawks
    6. Magic
    7. Pacers
    8. Bucks

    Just a stab in the dark. I do think the Knicks will have a better regular season record than the Celtics, but I also think the C’s make the second round I playoffs again. I just think all those games in a short amount of time in the RS will hurt them.
    I think the Magic will fall due to the DH distractions. Bucks should be improved. Who gets first seed between Bulls and Heat I think may come down to who they manage to sign in free agency here soon

  • chingy

    Any idea how Bogut is doing with his injury from last season?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That was 2 seasons ago. He’ll never be 100% but he did just lead the league in blocks.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    1)Mia 2)Chi 3)NY 4)Bos/NJ 5)Mil/NJ 6)Atl/NJ 7)Ind/NJ 8)Orl/NJ (depends where & when Dwight goes)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    West: 1)OKC 2)LAL 3)DAL 4)MEM 5)SA 6)POR 7)GS 8)LAC
    East: 1?MIA 2)CHI 3)NY 4)Bos 5)Orl(if Dwight stays) 6)NJ 7)Ind 8)Atl

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I got the Bucks at the six seed, seventh at the lowest.
    Stephen Jackson is going to be a HUGE improvement over the Salmons/Maggette tandem. If they can just get a modicum of production out of Drew Gooden they will be a problem. But, that is unlikely.
    Celtics finish higher than the Knicks. Amare is still hurt.
    Magic probably won’t make the playoffs with the Dwight drama and eventual trade.
    So
    Heat
    Bulls
    Celtics
    Knicks
    Hawks
    Bucks
    Sixers
    Pacers/Nets

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think with the crazy pace of the schedule Boston gonna take a lot of games off and just try and win in the playoffs. Almost Like the Knicks in 99

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Sixers!
    I knew there was a team I was forgetting
    Co-sign AllenP. Sixers get in, Magic don’t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    1. Heat
    2. Bulls
    3. Knicks
    4. Celtics
    5. Hawks
    6. Nets
    7. Bucks
    8. Sixers
    - the nets could jump as high as 3 depending on if they get dwight and how early into the season they get dwight

  • PAul

    they remind me about the 2008 bulls

  • Maniac

    I’ll make my picks after free agency because I guarantee some stuff is going to happen and a lot of people are going to change their pre-season standings lol

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Duh

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Bulls go all out during the RS to win HCA and the 1st Seed.
    MIA’s too focused on playoff redemption to worry about HCA throughout the playoffs.
    BOS/ATL are deeper and better from top to bottom than the Knicks.
    ORL falls out of the playoff picture after DHow is traded to NJ right before the all-star break.
    CHI
    MIA
    BOS
    ATL
    NYK
    NJ
    MIL
    PHI

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Don’t sleep on Houston, peeps.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Damn…I forgot about IND. The east is deeper than I thought.

  • http://cnbc.com New_Guy

    Clips surprise everyone and are 6th seed! Hold me too it, I think they are the real deal

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I think a full season of Deron Williams is better than whatever Philadelphia ends up doin. Unless Indiana regressed when they add David West and lose their athleticism….

  • LA Huey

    Hard for me to make my playoff picks without seeing how things shake out in free agency. But here it goes:
    East – CHI, MIA, ATL, BOS, NYK, MIL, NJN, IND
    West – OKC, LAL, SAS, DAL, MEM, POR, GSW, HOU/DEN
    I think CP3 and Dwight will be traded before the deadline, Chandler will land in GState, Nene will stay or go to Houston, Miami and Boston will pace themselves for the playoffs

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh, I’m cryogenically freezing on the Rockets.
    Their best center is 6’6″, their best player is too one dimensional,
    Jordan Hill’s a bust, Hasheem Thabeet’s a bust, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Williams will probably be buried on the bench again, Rick Adelman is gone, they got a Marcus Cousin but could really use a DeMarcus Cousins.
    At least they drafted the right Morris twin.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    F*ck. I hate basketball twins. My city is infatuated with the “under-brother(dog)”

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Lol they got the wrong Lopez brother, the wrong Griffin brother and now the wrong Morris brother!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ NBK They love the under-brother out here. Surprising. What’s so different between him and Taylor Griffin? Met one of the Suns trainers few weeks ago and he was really high on Morris. Said he had a really good workout pre-draft. Come to think about it, no city has had at least one NBA twin/brother play here at one point. Griffin, Lopez, Morris, Collins…Eboy/Pat Burke….

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well they always like the one who works harder, and normally have the second pick out of the two lol. Markieff Morris specialized as the roll-man in college and was very good on the boards (which normally translates) so they grabbed him. I really wish they would have picked Faried though, he’s gonna be a terror.

  • Jennifer

    I believe they can make the playoffs esp with Griffin + Gordon but they need to FIRE VINNY DEL NEGRO first!!! Horrible coach making horrible decisions.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    The Clips can make the playoffs with VDN as the head honcho. He did it in Chicago.
    Getting past the first round is a different story.

  • Maniac

    I think you guys are overrating the Nets. If I had to choose a potential low seed team that wouldn’t make it, it would be the nets

  • Maniac

    Heat
    Bulls
    Knicks
    Celtics
    Magic
    Bucks
    Hawks
    Sixers

    Lakers
    Thunder
    Spurs
    Mavs
    Blazers
    Grizzles
    Warriors
    Clippers

    idk about this at all…

  • DuckTape The Mob

    Ya’ll coming up with all these theories of why They won’t make the playoffs…………………But ya’ll forgot the real reasons

    They are The LA Clippers and their Owner is DONALD STERLING! <——

  • Waskito

    Really want bob cat get one slot in the play off

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Free agency, Enigmatic. Free agency.

  • Zabbah

    HoMo Williams.

  • Justin

    If someone can put the T-Wolves at number 4 can I put the Bobcats at #4 in the East?

  • Justin

    I’ll go for the East:

    Heat
    Bulls
    Celtics
    Magic
    Knicks
    Hawks
    Bucks
    Sixers/Nets

    and the West:

    Thunder
    Lakers
    Mavs
    Spurs
    Grizzlies
    Trail Blazers
    Clippers
    Warriors

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