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Maybe the Clippers aren’t ready to make a championship run quite yet.

Back to back losses this week to a pair of former champs - the Spurs and the Pistons - revealed that the Clip show is a long way from truly challenging for anything in the post season. However, these games also proved that while the Clippers may not be true NBA championship contenders, they are definitely on the right track.

Against Detroit, the Clips simply lost to a much better team. With the exception of Elton Brand, the Pistons have better players at every position than the Clippers do. And even as great as Brand has been playing, the combination of the Wallace boys is enough to cancel out any advantage the Clippers may have hoped for in the front court.

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But while the Pistons led the game wire to wire, the Clippers still showed flashes that they are on the right track. There was a spark and a fight to their play that LAist doesn’t remember seeing on past teams. Maybe it’s because guys like Sam Cassell have been on winners for most of their career, but this was not a Clippers team that feared the Pistons.

Instead, it looked like the Clippers actually believed they could beat the Pistons. Sure, they were wrong, but just believing you belong on the court with a team as good as the Pistons is the first step to eventually beating them.