Hard work not always enough

Updated: February 5, 2010, 8:28 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It was the kind of problem that wouldn't have been one 30 years ago.

But it was always there, in the Los Angeles Clippers' record, in the way they played, in their maddening inconsistency.

Something just wasn't right.

The team had too much talent to flounder the way it sometimes did. The team played too well against good teams (such as the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers) to play so poorly against bad teams (such as the New Jersey Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves) ...

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