L.A. Times: The Lakers have had this little problem the past few years.
After blowing past them for the better part of nine years — series score from 1995 to 2004: Lakers 31, Clippers 5 — the Lakers have managed only 2-2 splits with their Staples Center mates the last three seasons.
That’s a little weird, no?
“I don’t think it’s weird at all,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. “They’ve got a better team than we have for the last few years. Now I think we’re starting to catch up and they’ve had the [Elton Brand] injury. They’ve had some talented players.”
Sunday night’s game between the teams is a Lakers’ home game, although Kobe Bryant might be sidelined because of what the team is calling a strained left groin. It will be a game-time decision for Bryant, who was hurt while trying to spin along the baseline near the midpoint of the fourth quarter in the Lakers’ 108-106 loss Friday against Golden State.
Bryant was hobbled the rest of the way, although he said afterward he would play tonight against the Clippers. Bryant did not take part in Saturday’s practice and did not speak to reporters afterward.