5 Quick Observations From Friday’s Clippers vs. Lakers Game
The Los Angeles Clippers moved to 2-0 in the young NBA season after a 105-95 over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. The Lakers are now 0-3 for the first time since 1978. Here are some quick observations on both sides from the game.
1. Chris Paul is a conductor. He controls the ball and knows when to shot and when to pass at the right rhythm. His control of the game was the key to the Clippers’ victory yesterday.
2. If the soul of the Clippers is Chris Paul, then the muscle of the team is the bench. Eric Bledsoe controlled the tempo when Paul was on the bench, Jamal Crawford was aggressive in scoring, and they still have Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill waiting to return from injuries.
3. Kobe Bryant can not stand losing anymore. Yesterday he played like when he was 18 years old, especially in the fourth quarter. He seemed to be the only one who wanted to win so badly.
4. Although the Lakers are said to have a roster of All-Stars, it’s still Kobe’s team. Sometimes it looks like Kobe is going all-out to win while his four teammates on the court stand around and watch. For example, Pau Gasol played all of the third quarter yet did not record any points or assists.
5. The bench of the Lakers is their weakest point (excluding Mike Brown). That’s a big reason why Lakers lost yesterday, and stands in the way of them making a playoff run (if they can make it to the playoffs).
Watch as Kobe Bryant gets a little mouthy during Tuesday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs. After receiving a technical foul, he headed for the bench where he proceeded to slam his hand on a chair and throw a towel before calling out referee Bennie Adams and uttering a gay slur in his direction. He was subsequently fined 100k by the NBA for his remarks.
This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But, if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see.
A lot of things are taken for granted in the world of sports. Having a player’s last name spelled correctly on the back of their jersey is probably one of them. Check out one equipment malfunction allowed the Washington Wizards’ Andray Blatche to play as his alter ego the other night versus the Philadelphia 76ers.