TLN’s Game Preview: Lakers vs. Clippers

    “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.

    Television -

    • Lakers: FSN (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
    • Clippers: KTLA 5 the CW (Ralph Lawler & Mike Smith)

    Radio -

    • Lakers: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
    • Clippers: 710 ESPN Radio (Brian Sieman)

    Injuries -

    Lakers:

    • Probable: Andrew Bynum (Shoulder)

    Clippers:

    • Probable: Marcus Camby (Heel)
    • Probable: Baron Davis (Sprained finger)

    Storylines -

    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…

    • PeanutButterSpread

      I feel bad for the Clippers. Honestly, as a Lakers fan and a fan of most LA region teams (Lakers, Angels, Ducks) I really don’t mind Dodgers, Clippers, Kings, even if I won’t be actively rooting for them.

      The Lakers are a historic franchise, trades, luck, draft picks have been on their side, but the Lakers have also had their fair share of droughts, brought on by the painful losses to the Celtics.

      So I would never look down on the Clippers. They’re a fairly new organization, mired by their continued presence in the lottery pick, bad luck, etc. There are worse organizations than the Clippers and while success has been hard for the Clippers, I don’t think it’s fair to gloat about it or compare the Clips to the Lakers, especially given the historic significance of the Lakers’ past till now.

      I’m looking forward tonight. I’m expecting a solid effort from the Clippers. And of course the Lakers can’t take the Clippers lightly. Focus focus focus.

    • ryguy2303

      1985 – Benoit Benjamin
      1986 – N/A
      1987 – Reggie Williams
      1988 – Danny Manning, Hersey Hawkins
      1989 – Danny Ferry
      1990 – Bo Kimble, Loy Vaught
      1991 – LeRon Ellis
      1992 – Randy Woods, Elmore Spencer
      1993 – Terry Dehere
      1994 – Lamond Murrary, Greg Minor
      1995 – Antonio McDyess (Traded for Brent Barry!)
      1996 – Lorenzen Wright
      1997 – Maurice Taylor
      1998 – Michael Olowakandi, Brian Skinner,
      1999 – Lamar Odom
      2000 – Darius Miles, Quinten Richardson, Corey Maggette?
      2001 – Tyson Chandler (Traded to Chicago)
      2002 – Chris Wilcox, Melvin Ely
      2003 – Chris Kaman
      2004 – Shaun Livingston
      2005 – Yaroslav Korolev
      2006 – N/A
      2007 – Al Thorton
      2008 – Eric Gordon

    • K0be08-09

      Lakers Vs Clippers
      - Lakers win by 21 Points
      - Kobe Gets Double Double (20 Points, 11 Assists)
      - Bynum Carrer High Points (40 Points, 12 Rebounds, 4 Blocks)

      AND THATS IT

    • DCLAKER

      Laker 109 – Clippers 91 (yes,even with Camby)!!

      Ariza will slam on Kaman tonight…HOLLA IF YOU A LAKER 4 LIFE!!!!!!!!

    • Freshh

      Lakers win by 19
      kobe=27 7 and 8
      Bynum=14 11 and 3 blks

      Nukkkkkaaaaa

      • daurrrrav

        LAkers ROcK……… …. MR.KOBE BRYANT,Bynum,Odom,Gasol,Artest,Fisher………..Lakers got it all baby

    • Andrew Rafner

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      it is a tough past.

      such a hard list to read

    • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

      INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPSSSSSSSSS

    • nabil

      HOLLA!!!

    • Andrew Rafner

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      what do you mean!!! THE GAME IS NO PREDICATED ON INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS!!!!!!

    • daboss1849

      fish vs davis edge clipps

      kobe vs mobley edge lakers

      vlad vs rick dayis wash they both suck

      Pau vs camby edge lakers

      bynum vs kaman wash there both good

      bench vs bench edge lakers

      lakers win in a landslide

    • ryguy2303

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      Do you mean ‘Watch’?

    • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

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      do u remember last year where every pre game report u did this

      Derek Fisher vs Baron Davis Advantage Clippers
      Kobe Bryant vs Cuttino mobley Advantage Lakers
      Radmonovic vs Thronton Advantage None
      Pau Gasol vs Marcus Camby Advantage Lakers
      Andrew Bynum vs Chris Kaman Advantage Lakers

      Thats what i meannnnnnnnnnnnn

    • left

      Did anyone else catch the Lakers Pregame on FSN tonight? Either there’s a tie-in that I’m not aware of or they ripped off your quote of Dicken’s to compare the Lakers/Clippers. That or some extreme case of happenstance.

    • DCLAKER

      Look how close I was…both scores only off by three points.WHOA!!

      …and we still won by 18,just like my score (yes,I’m braggin’).So I’ll make a prediction,Houston will lose to the Lakers by 9,Lakers 101-Rockets 92.

      WHOWANTIT?.com,nobody.

    • Andrew Rafner

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      they toooooootes ripped me off…hahah