Battle of Los Angeles: Clippers vs Lakers (game thread)
Sorry Q Rich. Had to make one. Go ahead and make the graphics if you want though.
I've been waiting for this game for a long time. It's time for revenge. This game is huge for the Clippers. Clippers are 1 game below .500 and are sniffing the 7th seed, and even the 6th seed if the Lakers lose a few more games.
If the Clippers play like they have, I think they'll win.
But on the Clippers side. THis is'nt a matter of they need to win or they'd like the win... They HAVE to win. I really will be crushed if the Clippers lose tomorrow. I think the Clippers have more at stake. Pride, playoff position, etc.
Elton Brand will get his, but Jason Hart needs to continue playing like he has. Tim Thomas and Cat Mobley need to continue hitting their open shots. Hopefully Maggette will play this game because they need him slashing, rebounding, and hitting his open jumpers like he has since he went back into the starting lineup. I just hope the matchup with Kobe doesn't overwhelm him. This is the typical game where Maggette would try to force everything and try to be the Kobe Bryant of the Clippers. Maggette needs to be confertable and he needs to keep the team involved.
Come on Clippers, it's time to show the Lakers that the past 2 seasons weren't flukes.
Re: Battle of Los Angeles: Clippers vs Lakers (game thread)
Los Angeles Clippers(35-37) @
Los Angeles Lakers(39-35)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4 2007 - 7:30 PM PT 10:30 PM ET
WHERE: Staples Center - Los Angeles, Cali
MEDIA: FSN Prime Ticket; NBA-League Pass; ESPN AM 710
Season Meetings: Lakers won 105-101 Lakers won 97-88
While Kobe Bryant is achieving personal milestones, reaching the playoffs in consecutive seasons would be an achievement for the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers try to continue closing in on another postseason berth, when they face Bryant and the rival Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
Bryant scored 39 points Tuesday, also becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 19,000 for his career, but the Lakers fell 111-105 to Denver for their third loss in four games.
The seventh-place Nuggets moved within 1 1/2 games of the Lakers (39-35) for sixth in the Western Conference. The result also damaged the Clippers' (36-37) hopes of moving up in the seedings. The Clippers, now holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, are one game back of Denver.
The remaining schedule does give the Clippers a chance to gain ground. They host the Nuggets on Saturday, then face the Lakers again April 12. However, the Lakers have won both previous meetings in this season series, including a 40-point effort by Bryant in a 105-101 victory Nov. 21.
13th ranked Lakers are visiting the 14th ranked Clippers and are projected to win by a margin of 1.8 points or more. The same site gives the Lakers a 42.1% chance of winning, while giving the Clippers a 57.8% chance of winning.