“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