Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 12/3/11

Saying things like the Clippers will definitely make the playoffs is traditionally met with a heart-felt chuckle followed by a dismissive rolling of the eyes. Traditionally.

The Blake Griffin era is very much upon us though, and don't look now but the Clip Show has a few decent players around him too. So playoffs you ask in your best Coach Mora voice for LA's other team? Not totally out of the question.

Mo Williams, who played 22 games in LA for the Clippers last season after being traded from Cleveland for Baron Davis, went as far as going Joe Namath on his team's chances of playing into the post season this year.

This according to the LA Times last night:

"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."

Williams averaged over 15 points and 5 assists in 32 minutes per game last season after being shipped out west, and I imagine this guarantee has Clipper Darrell and all twelve of the other Clippers fans real riled up this morning.

If he can continue to average around those numbers however, and Eric Gordon takes a step forward, Blake keep being Blake, and they get some additional production from maybe an Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan or Chris Kaman, Darrell and the fellas might really have something to cheer about as this season moves forward.

Obviously the bulk of that will rely on how good Blake can be with the whole world watching his every move now, but Griffin didn't back down from the predictions made by his PG at all either when asked about them by the Times.

Said Griffin in response:

"We're right behind him in that regard," 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."

If last season is any measuring stick for what it will take to get into the playoffs this year out West, the Grizzlies were the 8th seed with a winning percentage of .561. In the 66-game Lockout shortened season this time around, that would equate to approximately 37 wins. In 82 tries last season, the Clippers only won 32.

[follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs close door on Sammy Sosa reunion after bizarre comments

Rick Pitino restrained from going after North Carolina fan

76ers trading Ersan Ilyasova to Hawks for Tiago Splitter, pick

Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris, which could ban some participants

DeMarcus Cousins was ‘praying’ for a better supporting cast with Sacramento

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Nets trading Bojan Bogdanovic to Wizards

Elliott spoke with police after 'best friend' caught with gun

Jets reportedly believe Jay Cutler can compete in AFC East

Report: 'Melo could waive no-trade clause for Clippers after season

Rivers: Paul medically cleared to play, could return Thursday

Trea Turner missed part of Nats camp Wedneday for jury duty

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker