The first half of the 2014 NBA season has had its ups and downs for the Los Angeles Clippers. They’ve suffered a few injuries to key players such as Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes and have, at some points, struggled to discover their identity with new coach Doc Rivers at the reins. Despite their downs, they’re on pace to match 2012-13’s franchise-best 56 wins. From what we’ve seen of the Clippers so far, fans should feel better about this team than last year’s incarnation, which is a positive statement for the future of this franchise, which has historically toiled in the depths of the underworld. Based on the team’s performance to date, there are several reasons to be optimistic and none are bigger than the man at the helm. It is at this point that we begin the three things learned from the Clippers’ first half of the 2013-14 season.