Clippers Show No Love to the Lakers
The Clippers showed no love to the Lakers on the last NBA game before the All Star handing out a 125-101 beatdown on Valentine's Day.
It could be worse for the Lakers. The Center for Disease Control issued a lovely report on VD: a multidrug-resistant strain of gonorrhea to be specific. This super-gonorrhea doesn't respond to many forms of antibiotics. So hopefully you guys cover it up. If not, well Happy Valentine's Day!
But at STAPLES Center no love which was not limited to only between the teams. The referees twice in the second quarter issued technical fouls against the Lakers, the presumed home team in this game, and DeAndre Jordan picked one up before the half. Towards the end of the third quarter, TNT microphones caught a player saying, "You fucking asshole."
But nothing was more stark than the first five minutes of the game when the Clippers started 15-0. The Lakers went 0-for-8 with three turnovers while Blake Griffin scored 13 of those 15 points for the Clippers. It was starting to look like the Clippers repeating their first quarter from Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets when they scored 46 points.
The Clippers took their foot of the accelerator although the lead never got to below double-digits and settled for a 106-96 victory. It looked like the script was going to repeat itself against the Lakers as the lead dwindled to three points and the minutes were ticking away in the first half.
Fortunately the Lakers helped them out to close out the half with some turnovers, and the Clippers capitalized taking a 64-52 halftime lead.
On Wednesday the Clippers scored 37 second half points. They did not repeat that against the Lakers. They scored 37 points in the third quarter pushing the lead to by as many as 22 points.
The 125-101 final score was a formality. The Clippers are the better team in L.A. this season. With three wins against the Lakers this season, the Clippers clinch the season series for the first time since the 1992-93 season. They will meet one last time on Apr. 7 on the Clippers home court.
It's pretty remarkable to see the intersection of two teams heading in different directions. The Clippers are getting healthy at the right time winning the last four games in impressive fashion. They have 26 games left before the playoffs and ready to make a statement against Oklahoma City and San Antonio for Western Conference supremacy.
Meanwhile the Lakers are in perhaps the worst spot for an NBA team. They're not good enough to win a title, but they're not bad enough for a good lottery pick. Not like lottery picks matter for the Lakers after using draft picks like currency in getting Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
The Lakers can make the playoffs — they're only 3 1/2 games away from a playoff spot. But they're not advancing past the first round.
The Lakers are a sad sight. They're old. They're slow. They can't defend. It's really sad especially with reports of owner Jerry Buss in bad shape with cancer. My thoughts go out to him and his family.
Sad days indeed.
In more uplifting news, this game also marks the beginning of my two-week road trip to Louisiana and back. Will my car fall into Lake Pontchartrain? Will my genitals fall off from having way too much unprotected sex with the inbreeds along the bayous? Will I have a stroke and heart attack simultaneously while chowing down on gumbo and crawfish etoufee and fried chicken and greens and cracklins and boudin balls? Will my awful Louisiana drawl come back?
See you in March. If I survive.