Lakers Upset the Clippers
After finishing #12 in the ESPN rankings and Magic Johnson, himself, saying that the Lakers are in for a long year, the Lakers did the unexpected Tuesday night against a team that many are pegging to make the NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers not only beat the Los Angeles Clippers, but they did it with their bench.
While Pau Gasol was sitting on the bench for the entire 4th quarter, it was Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, and Jordan Hill who were beating up Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
"Mike [D'Antoni] did a great thing: He didn't bring his starters back in," Doc Rivers said. "There was a point where I was thinking: 'Please bring them back in.'"
For the first time in a very long time, the Lakers have no expectations on them. And with no expectations comes a little bit less pressure. "It's not a bad thing to be the underdog sometimes," said Jodie Meeks. "No expectations. We go out there and play hard. What's the worst that can happen? We lose, and people say we're no good?"
There are still 81 games left to be played, but if the Lakers can hold down the fort until Kobe comes back, maybe 12th seed was a bit too low for the overachieving Lakers.