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Late last night, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 107-92. It was an eye-popping result, not just because it was a “blowout” or because Blake Griffin emasculated the Spurs, but, it’s almost as if the Clippers looked … dare I say … better?

Yes, I realize a team that wins by 15 is usually going to “look better”, but, this win felt weird though — not the usual:

“Oh, the Spurs are doing that thing again where they come out and stink Game 1 of the 1st Round…

…everyone says they look old and all the core guys should retire after the season …

…and then before you know it, they…

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The Clippers came out and physically, athletically dominated the Spurs into oblivion..

To elaborate, Blake Griffin finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and absolutely annihilated Aron Baynes not once..

but twice…

Blake Griffin out here making fans look like they just saw a girl in the club wearing yoga pants.

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Anyways, it was a great win for the Clippers — but, the pink elephant in the room (as it’s been all season) is the bench.

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This historically-awful group of substitutes proved yet again that they can’t be trusted…

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WS/48 represents ‘Win Shares per 48 minutes”, which is an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player per 48 minutes. The league average is ~1.00.

The Columns defining BPM are a box score estimate of the offensive/defensive/total points per 100 possessions the said player contributes above a league-average player, translated to an average team.

and VORP is a box score estimate of the points per 100 team possessions that a player contributed above a REPLACEMENT player, translated to an average team.

Long story short: The Clipper starting 5 is REALLY good on paper and plays REALLY well together. On the contrary: the bench is ABYSMAL, has been abysmal, and was abysmal again tonight — forfeiting two separate double-digit leads. What does this all mean? The starters are going to have to either turn on the unlimited turbo cheat code and/or play 40+ minutes per game to have any chance of replicating tonight’s success, and ultimately defeat the Spurs Death Machine 4 out of 7 times….

Until then, enjoy this vine of Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer finding out that mom made pizza rolls for dinner…