Battle for Los Angeles; LAC or LAL?

12/31/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Now, through 2012 - the Battle for Los Angeles is not up for grabs, its within the firm grasp of the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the Lakers will have ample time and opportunity to regroup and rally for a great second half of basketball, as unlikely as it seems. 

Nov 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reacts as Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake (5) and forward Metta World Peace (15) watch at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 105-95 Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY SportsLast season sparked the debate - the battle for LA - because prior to then, the Clippers have literally been the Junior Varsity team playing in the same arena as the Lakers.  The Clippers had never won anything or established a commitment to winning in their first 30 seasons in Los Angeles (with the exception of 2 or 3 years) and therefore were a relative unknown outside the country while their counterparts were recognized as an international brand.

Last season the Clippers traded for Chris Paul and the entire culture has shifted to a desire to win and win often. The Clippers, with very limited practice time last season, managed to make a trip to the Western Conference semis where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs, however, they had not made the playoffs since 2006.  

This season, the Clippers lead the NBA with a 25-6 record heading into the new year on a 17-game win streak. The Lakers are lucky to enter the new year with a record of 15-15 as they struggled mightily out of the gates and even with their replacement head coach, Mike D'Antoni. 

Kobe Bryant is enjoying a prolific scoring season once again, however, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol have been inconsistent at best around him while Steve Nash is just returning to the court. Mike D'Antoni might be in over his head with this squad as their defense has been nothing short of atrocious this season, which has been the main reason behind their slow start. 

The Lakers are set for a matchup with the current kings of LA on Friday night -- who will take that matchup? 
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1/1/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

hardly a battle at the moment