After an offseason which saw several big name recruits arrive at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers entered the 2015-16 NBA season seemingly primed for another run at the title.
13 games into the campaign, however, and the team's chances of reaching the playoffs, never mind the NBA Finals, are up for debate.
And it looks like frustration with the current situation is beginning to show inside the Clippers locker room. That's after a report revealed a heated exchange between one member of the roster and a team assistant in the aftermath of last night's defeat to the Raptors.
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According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, Clippers forward Josh Smith could clearly be heard having an aggressive, profanity-laden argument with a team assistant as the media waited for post-game press conferences.
"Profanities and yelling made their way through the cement walls separating the Clipper locker room from an adjacent room where the media was waiting to speak to head coach Doc Rivers," wrote Woike.
Of course, frank discussions are always going to take place when a pre-season favorite finds itself on a three-game losing streak and below .500.
"Profanities and yelling made their way through the cement walls."
The fact, though, that Smith could be heard through a solid cement wall as he aired his grievances suggests frustrations are beginning to boil over in L.A.
The team has been under-performing as a whole, and the pressure is certainly ramping up in the Clippers locker room right now.
Fans aggrieved at the team's 6-7 record might, though, actually be glad to see one of their players showing some passion.
With the team 2-7 over the last nine games and allowing over 104 points-per-game to opponents on average, there has certainly been a lack of intensity out on the court recently.
Clippers fans: What has gone wrong this season, and can your team turn things around? Have your say in the comments below...