Lakers Leave Clippers in the Dust

8/10/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Clippers have only finished a season ahead of the Lakers a few times: most notably in 2006 when the Clippers advanced to the second round of the playoffs and the Lakers were eliminated in the first round. 

Last season, the Clippers finished two games behind the Lakers in the standings as they both were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. The Clippers responded this offseason by adding key pieces to their roster in an effort to compete for a championship. 

Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins. All newcomers to a team with high hopes. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan welcome their new teammates to Staples as they attempt to dethrone the Lakers from Los Angeles supremacy. 

But just as the Clippers begin to feel great about their chances, the Lakers pull the trigger on a deal that lands them the top defensive player in the league to anchor the middle of their defense. Dwight Howard starting alongside Pau Gasol Steve Nash and, of course, Kobe Bryant gives the Lakers the top team in the league on paper. Bynum slowed the pace because he was jogging on one knee every night. 

April 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) sets a screen on Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the game at the Staples Center. Lakers won 113-108. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIREThe Lakers have once again proved to their co-tenants that they rein supreme. They bring to light the fact that they have the championship tradition. They have the championship banners. And they will continue to raise them, all while squashing the Clippers hopes and dreams. 

Well, for now anyway. Blake Griffin may just turn out to become the top power forward in basketball in a few years (once he develops his 15-foot jumper and fine-tunes his defense).  Chris Paul is still the top point guard in basketball. DeAndre Jordan, just maybe, will work on his offensive game and become a legitimate threat in the post. Lamar Odom will find his game back in Los Angeles and contend for Sixth Man of the Year once again. Well, Clipper Nation hopes so. 

It seems like order has been restored in the NBA. The Lakers add the top center in the game and the Clippers are left scratching their heads. But don't count the ugly duckling Clips out. They are tough, gritty and athletic. Clippers/Lakers games will be the hottest ticket in the upcoming NBA season. 

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8/14/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
How about when he dunks over him and Howards back gives out post-back surgery? He cant handle the Blakeshow.

Blake plays basketball like Reggie Bush played football.... wild abandon and with a lack of control... which results in injuries.  He does not play smart.  Jordan played smart and now there was elevation.  Kobe plays smart now.  Blake is this young bull that just crashes forward... he needs to learn some finesse... oh and some perimeter shooting ability might make him a more well rounded player?  A jump shot would be nice.

8/14/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
How about when he dunks over him and Howards back gives out post-back surgery? He cant handle the Blakeshow.

Lets put it this way... if Blake does that he better run and hide next time down the floor!  He will get smoked!  Howard is no cream puff.  Just review his blocks.  Blake has yet to have someone really big and strong block his dunk...and ...well there is thing called dislocated shoulder!  lol

oh and by the way, isn't Blake injured now and had to withdraw from team USA???  I can hear Blake now, mew mew mew... we know what animal makes that sound LOL woohoooo

8/14/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
I will mark your words when Blake runs into Howard and goes backwards :P

How about when he dunks over him and Howards back gives out post-back surgery? He cant handle the Blakeshow.

8/13/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
Blake already has posters over Perkins, Gasol and Channing Frye...only a matter of time till Howard is on the receiving end of a Blake filthy flush. MARK.MY.WORDS. lol 

I will mark your words when Blake runs into Howard and goes backwards :P

8/12/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
Blake already has posters over Perkins, Gasol and Channing Frye...only a matter of time till Howard is on the receiving end of a Blake filthy flush. MARK.MY.WORDS. lol 

there will be pics of him flat on his butt too lol

8/12/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
well i'm not holding my breath :P  pfffft
you forgot to mention Nash and Pau.  I can't wait to see Blake try to drive the lane on Howard!  hehehehe

Howard is throwing a block party!!!  come on over to the paint!!!!

Blake already has posters over Perkins, Gasol and Channing Frye...only a matter of time till Howard is on the receiving end of a Blake filthy flush. MARK.MY.WORDS. lol 

8/11/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
its definitely an exaggeration. It was reaction to the Dwight maneuver..and then the Jodie Meeks signing..etc. just all-in-all getting deeper. The Clippers are still VERY good...just younger and not as developed as, lets say, kobe and dwight - while the clips are waiting for blake and deandre to completely mature and develop their respective games completely. 

well i'm not holding my breath :P  pfffft
you forgot to mention Nash and Pau.  I can't wait to see Blake try to drive the lane on Howard!  hehehehe

Howard is throwing a block party!!!  come on over to the paint!!!!

8/11/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
i'm a huge laker fan but i think that is an exaggeration "leaving the clippers in the dust". I think the Lakers are better now but the Clippers will be extremely competitive and a tough game.

its definitely an exaggeration. It was reaction to the Dwight maneuver..and then the Jodie Meeks signing..etc. just all-in-all getting deeper. The Clippers are still VERY good...just younger and not as developed as, lets say, kobe and dwight - while the clips are waiting for blake and deandre to completely mature and develop their respective games completely. 

8/11/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

i'm a huge laker fan but i think that is an exaggeration "leaving the clippers in the dust". I think the Lakers are better now but the Clippers will be extremely competitive and a tough game.