It sure doesn't feel like it, but the
Through 36 games last year, the Clippers' record was 23-13. This season, they're at 24-12.
"Not including the media and the fans but, internally, there was an expectation when we started training camp that we'd just kind of pick up where we left off," Redick said. "But we all saw it in preseason that we weren't where we needed to be. So there was a level of frustration there. There was a level of frustration at the beginning of the season."
The Clippers have won four of their last five games and are in sixth place in the Western Conference, 5-1/2 games behind the first-place
Last season, they made to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost to the
The Clippers, however, are 7-10 against teams with winning records.
"I think we're still trying to find ourselves against the really good teams," Redick said.
The Clippers have seen a lot of improvement from when they started the season. They've improved in field goal percentage, from shooting 43% in Oct. to shooting 48.8% so far in Jan. And they've made leaps in three-point shooting as well, from shooting 30.2% in Oct. to shooting 35.8% in January.
"Our defensive intensity was really high, so that was good to see," Rivers said after the Clippers' win.