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

Mar 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

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 Reuters

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.

  1. cakemixa - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    CP3 is the Peyton Manning of the NBA. Great in the regular season, can’t get in done in the playoffs.

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      There’s no reason that CP3 can’t get it done in the playoffs. He’s one of the best 4 players in the league, he’s a great leader, and great in the clutch. He is not holding them back in any way and the spotlight is never too big for him to take over.

      • emosnar - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Lets be honest about the Clippers. Its a bunch of talent with no true cohesion. CP3 makes them go and we get to see spectacular plays but none of these guys except CP3 can consistently create their own shot except maybe hobbled billups. All the other older dudes on the team are just taking up space and money and there veteran presence will equal squat in the playoff (Odom, Hill) and their athleticism won’t allow them to make key shots when it counts. CP3 is great but when it comes to the playoffs there is much to be desired. I’ve seen Tony Parker out work him and frankly once he realizes his team isnt good enough he disappears (or gets injured). Watch it in this years playoffs. If it goes bad for the clips . . CP3 is going to claim lack of talent but that ship has sailed.

  2. patfic15 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Well. Knicks have no shot at Finals so we will never know how those comments would play out.

  3. samonelastains - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Didn’t Peyton manning win the Superbowl, your argument lacks no merit. Peyton maybe can’ make it back with a crooked neck. But that has nothing to do with Chris Paul because he is not necessarily him that is the big liability. I would say that would be his coach plus other players, ie jordan, griffin

    • sasquash20 - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Griffin and Jordan stink on D. With Griffin you need a defensive center because he is horrible on D.

  4. footballgod87 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Im willing to bet the clippers go one round further than the knicks will.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      You lost that.

  5. kanemoney - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Bitter much?

  6. sportsnut101 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    this guy wasnt saying this when no team in nba wanted him even for a ten day contract other then the knicks next yr he will beg china to take him back

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    He’s right. They’re soft, half of their players can’t make free throws in crunch time.

    • dannymac17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      you had the nerve to call me a troll the other day about Lakers threads

      and here you are again, being that troll you were calling everyone else.

      clown

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        So tell how you really feel about trolling, fannypac.

      • dannymac17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        You are the true troll. I actually exist in social settings. You are on this website more than anything.

  8. stephenolszewski - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Well that’s funny because neither can the Knicks so looks like you’ll be watching it with them if they do get eliminated, I think the Clippers advancing makes more sense then the Knicks advancing

  9. ranoversquarells - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    You bad bro?

  10. ranoversquarells - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    You mad bro?

  11. chrismt79 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Clips are a ticket selling team. They are entertaining yes, but have no defensive identity and will be lucky to make it out of the first round.

  12. totallyuselessme - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    He’s right, unfortunately for the Clips.

    The flashy moves look good on highlight reels and everything – nobody appreciates them more than I do, really – but the bottom line’s that defense wins championships, and defensively they don’t compare to other more serious championship contenders.

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