Clippers make moves out west

caines | 4/11/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Year after year it pretty much has been common knowledge that NBA teams had to be aware of a great team in Los Angeles. This season is no different except that this season that team is the LA Clippers not perennial favorite the Lakers.This pastSunday the Clipper players sported t-shirts that read"Can't Stop Los Angeles, 2012-13 Pacific Division Champions," in honor of the team'sfirst Pacific title following another convincing victory over the rival Lakers. The many years of suffering and being the ugly step child is over for the Clippers. Finally.From 1984-2011, the Clippers made just four postseason appearances, advancing past the second round just once. This is a very talented and deep basketball team and that depth will onlyget betterafter guard Chauncey Billupscomes backback in a few days from a groin injury. Despite their success, the Clippers sit fourth in the Western Conference andare in danger of slippingto fifthbecause they have struggled against the top teams in the Western conference.Lob City hasgone 3-7 this season against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. Some prognosticators think the Clippers may be a fraud because of those said strugglesand the question must be asked: Are the LA Clippersa legitimate title contender?Can they do it? If Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can avoid the rumors of internal dissension and can step up the intensity on defense, then Lob City has as good a chance as any of the other teams out west of playing deep into June. Stay tuned. The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox & Ed Freeman, can be heard daily on WQAM 560 Sports.