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Raising three teenage boys, I’ve witnessed many altercations and fights. My oldest son has usually been the biggest and strongest while my youngest son has, for the most part, been what I call a runt. Over the years I’ve seen my oldest son have his way with my youngest.  But genetics has a sense of humor and there are times, such as with my boys, that eventually, little brother grows to become bigger and stronger than big brother. 

We just may see this unfold come Friday evening. 

The struggling Los Angeles Lakers will be prepared to take on their little brother, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers, even with an explosive 33 pt., 14 rebound game from Dwight Howard, fell to 0-2 to start the season as they were defeated by the Portland Trailblazers 116-106.

The Clippers however, are off to an 1-0 start as they managed to win their opener against the Memphis Grizzlies 101-92. Sure, the NBA season is still in its infancy and there is still a ton of basketball to be played. But this is a game the Lakers can’t afford to lose.
You see, this isn’t your average, run of the mill, Donald Sterling won’t spend money Clippers team.  When you look at the acquisitions the Clippers have made in the off-season, they mean business. You have a healthy Chris Paul and Blake Griffin making their return. DeAndre Jordan is showing promise. And it doesn’t hurt to have Lamar Odom and Jamal Crawford coming off the bench to add that extra scoring punch. 

Looks like little brother has been working out.

Of course both teams will give the normal canter of how this is just another game and how this game really won’t have any significance.  But let’s be honest: Neither team wants to give up bragging rights to one of the most coveted markets in the NBA. The Lakers are in the process of discovering their identity and when they find it, they are going to be a very dangerous team for anyone to come across. The Clippers know this. And they also know that this is the perfect time to punch their big brother right in the kisser and take a shot at becoming L.A.’s team to beat.

Keep your guard up, Lakers. Little brother is coming in swinging tonight.