Clippers-Lakers Game Coverage: Kick them while they're down
Look no further than right here for all the important coverage of Friday night's Clippers-Lakers game, the first edition of this year's Battle of LA. The Lakers are 0-2 and the Clippers are 1-0, so a Clippers victory puts the Lakers in an early hole.
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The Clippers are 2-0 and the Lakers are 0-3. We've barely scratched the surface of a very long season, but it's certainly fun now, and there are indications that the Clippers may be the better team in the long run as well.
Kobe Bryant did everything he could, but in the end it wasn't nearly enough as a deeper Clippers roster overcame 40 points from the Mamba to record a 105-95 victory. The Clippers are now 2-0, while the Lakers are 0-3.
Here is your second half open thread. Clippers have totally outplayed the Lakers so far, but only lead 52-47 thanks to 6-9 three point shooting from the Lakers. Darius Morris and Devin Ebanks making threes... yeah, that's going to last.
The Clippers are 1-0, the Lakers are 0-2. Will this game add to the Lakers' misery, or can they get their first win? Steve Nash is very doubtful for the game, which doesn't help the purple and gold's chances.
After suffering a lower right leg contusion on Wednesday, Lakers starting point guard will miss tonight's matchup against the Clippers.
Mark Travis of Silver Screen and Roll talks about the injury and it's ramifications:
After hearing that he was doubtful since he suffered the injury on Wednesday night, it has been reported by Mike Trudell that Steve Nash will not play tonight due to a lower left leg contusion. Nash hurt the leg when he collided with rookie point guard Damian Lillard during the second quarter of Wednesday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Nash started the second half but left the game on the first dead ball and didn't return. Steve Blake will start in his place tonight.
Nash has looked out of place in the Lakers' offense during the first two games of the season, only averaging four points and four assists on 33% shooting through two games. The Lakers could have used him tonight against Chris Paul and the Clippers - not only because Nash is really good, but also because of how the two players came to be on their current teams and the fun narrative that creates - but you cannot fault the Lakers at all for choosing to rest the veteran point guard. Making sure Nash is healthy is a top priority for Los Angeles this season and trotting him out to play when he's below 100% for the third game of the season wouldn't make very much sense.
The much-ballyhooed Lakers are off to a bad start while the Clippers looked good in winning their first game. In the first installment of this season's Battle of LA, can the Lakers get their first win of any kind since May, or will the Clippers add to their misery?
Be sure to catch the live stream of my conversation with Basketball Reasons from Silver Screen and Roll, or watch the preview after the fact. We'll try to figure out what's wrong with the Lakers in advance of the Clippers-Lakers game Friday night.