“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
- Charles Dickens
Although the Lakers and the Clippers share the same city, it sometimes feels like they are worlds apart.
Many writers, pundits and commentators before me have tried to illustrate the dichotomy between these two franchises that call the City of Angels home.
Last season I used the allegory of two brothers. With the events of the last week, to say that these two teams are related in any other way besides the city they call home would be an insult.
Another season has come, and yet again, the Clippers are the proverbial punching bag of the league with an 0-4 record. The saddest part is that all four of the Clipper losses have been double-digit blowouts. 38 to the Lakers, 10 to the Nuggets, and back-to-back 22 and 16-point losses to the Jazz.
Despite the Clipper Nation’s greatest hopes, the Clippers remain who we thought they were: hopeless, futile, and lost in their own city.
Tonight, the Clippers head across the hall, back to the scene of their 38-point Opening Night loss, albeit on the Purple & Gold floor, for another opportunity to make some sort of dent in the crosstown “rivalry”… but, as you and I both know, for the Clippers, any type of lasting success, even with the wealth of talent they possess, is too tall an order.
- Lakers: FSN (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Clippers: KTLA 5 the CW (Ralph Lawler & Mike Smith)
- Lakers: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Clippers: 710 ESPN Radio (Brian Sieman)
- Probable: Andrew Bynum (Shoulder)
- Probable: Marcus Camby (Heel)
- Probable: Baron Davis (Sprained finger)
Respectability: That is all the Clippers need to win in this game. After last week’s 38-point massacre, the Clippers need to show some signs of a pulse in tonight’s meeting with the Lakers. If not, I am hearing that Dunleavy is going to sacrifice Steve Novak at center court at the half… not going to be pretty.
Strong Side Zone: Our friends over at Forum Blue & Gold wrote a tremendous piece about the key to the Lakers defensive success so far in this young season. If you want a peek inside how this is all working, check out the piece here.
Varsity Challenge -
(Prize: my tatterd and worn “I Voted” sticker)
In honor of futility, name the Clippers first round draft selections from 1985-2007…