Not trying to be that guy, but if you're keeping it real with the Clippers you have every right to wonder how legitimate they really are.

For all their alley-oop passes and highlight-reel dunks and YouTube clips that immediately go viral, when it comes to hanging with the best teams in the NBA the Clippers haven't exactly cemented their validity as an elite team.

It's a disturbing trend that continued Wednesday in a 96-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center, which followed recent losses to upper-echelon NBA teams like the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers can dunk with the best of them. They just can't beat the best of them.

And that's a huge problem for a team with championship aspirations.

"I don't know what it is," a frustrated Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. "But we have to figure it out soon, though. Or it's going to be a quick postseason."