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Clippers, Lakers Going In Opposite Directions

December 22, 2011
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Many of us watched as the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in both preseason contests. Laker fans would be quick to point out that many of their guys were being juggled in and out of the lineup. Coach Mike Brown was auditioning guys at the small forward position while Kobe Bryant missed the second game altogether with a wrist injury. But if you watched both games, it was obvious that the Clippers are the better team overall right now. They won both third quarters handily, which is usually a sign of the superior team. The better teams in the league go into halftime, shake off the 1st half, and make all the necessary adjustments…it’s not how you start in the NBA it’s how you finish. While the Clippers have three new players in the starting lineup, the Lakers were the team that looked like they had a bunch of new faces. It could be that the team is still getting over all the Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom trade drama. If so, no one is feeling sorry for them…especially not the Clippers. Their two new floor generals Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups made it a point to step on their necks at every chance. They exposed the fact that the Lakers are struggling with their defensive assignments under coach Brown. The Laker offense, too, was average at best both nights. If it wasn’t for some hustle plays in game 1 and Andrew Bynum‘s low-post scoring in Game 2, it would’ve been downright atrocious. I do like the move of Metta World Peace to the bench, but it’s becoming painfully obvious that neither Matt Barnes nor Jason Kapono should be starting at SF. I think the better option is second-year guy Devin Ebanks. Of the guys mentioned he has the best combination of offense, defense, and potential. The Clippers too must work on playing a more consistent game, but the pieces seem to be fitting in much faster than anyone had expected. If you had amnesia, you’d think the ‘Clips’ were the team with the championship aspirations after two games. They were the ones with more confidence, more cohesion, and more star power (Blake Griffin). With Bryant’s wrist injury and Bynum set to miss the first five games of the season, expect the Clippers to be the best team in Los Angeles…..for now.

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6 Responses to Clippers, Lakers Going In Opposite Directions

  1. LaLa Balla on December 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Not sure I agree with the general opinion here. Bynum has improved significantly and is basically gonna be 20/10 guy from this point on. Pau is basically the same, maybe a little worse, than championship Pau (who handled Dwigth Howard the whole series, as well as the whole Boston team in the fourth quarter once). DFish played better defense last night on Derrick Rose than anybody I’ve ever seen before (well except Miami team D last year I guess). Ebanks is balling, and so is McBob. The only player who has lost a step is really Kobe. So the Lakers need a perimeter player who can make a play and get his own shot every once in while. I vote for crazy ass JR Smith! A serious (Melo-less) team would be a good place for JR and let’s be honest, he brings (at a price as well as a risk) what Lakers really need: youth/talent on the perimeter … to go with the best starting 4/5 combo in the NBA! Yes, Pau and Drew will destroy B. Griffin and D. Jordan in the playoffs this year (playoffs = no lobs, little up-tempo play, lots of grinding) as well as any other 4/5 combo in the league. Add one guy who can get to the rim and finish and you got a championship team again.

  2. KJ on January 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    love your blog. I like this story in particular, but I think Bynum stems the tide a bit and keeps the Lakers relevent.

  3. comisario on January 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Laker still own Los Angeles…Aftershock Blake

  4. Bronson on January 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

    The Clippers are the better regular season team ,but the Lakers have that playoff moxy.

  5. Anton on December 16, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I aint a Pacers fan, my team has always been L.A., but I still want OKC to take the whole thing. You gotta admit tiakng charges near half court is completely retarded. These people aren’t playing defense at all, just trying to get in someone’s way so they can run into them.

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