The Los Angeles Clippers will look to continue to assert themselves as a force in the Western Conference as they attempt to win their franchise-record ninth straight game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
They'll have to set the mark on the road as they travel to the Midwest to face a Bucks team that has been playing well of late, last coming off a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their fourth straight win. The Clippers know what's at stake, and they haven't downplayed it, though they aren't getting complacent.
"It's cool," said team leader Chris Paul."It just means we're playing well right now. But we're not satisfied. We have to keep playing the right way and keep this thing going. Sometimes you're going to win and play bad and sometimes you're going to play well and lose. For us it's all about being consistent."
Consistency has been the mantra of late for L.A. The Clippers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 12 in a hard-fought 100-94 win. That was their eight in a row at that point and matched the all-time Clippers' best from the 1991-92 squad.
The Clippers' 16-6 start is the best in franchise history, and they're showing no signs of slowing down as the feeling around L.A. is that they are talented as any team in the league. With young superstars, veteran leadership and team chemistry, the sky is the limit for the current best team in Southern California.