PIC OF THE DAY - Against the LA Lakers, you need a steady hand. And Chris Paul guided the Clippers to a victory in the first sqirmish in the Battle of LA. CP3 had 18 points, 15 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals
BATTLE FOR LA - The opening salvo in the Battle of LA went to the Clippers 105-95. For the Lakers it was a story of to much Kobe and not enough team. Coach Brown played four of his starters 38 minutes or more and would have played Dwight Howard more except for foul trouble. Kobe went for 40 points in 43 minutes but his team didn't follow. If the Lakers are going to try and use this strategy for the rest of the season they are going to lose a lot more than they should.
But what are they going to do? The Clipper bench had another monster game outscoring the Laker's bench 46 -16. The Clippers bench scored 49 on opening night. Overall, the Clippers had 7 players score 8 points or more. Jamal Crawford led the way with 21 points for the Clippers, and Chris Paul had 18 points, 15 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Even if Steve Nash plays, the Lakers do not have the answer for CP3 and Eric Bledsoe at the point guard position.
GAME 1 - PLAYER MATCHUPS
CENTER - ADVANTAGE LAKERS - Dwight Howard won this battle last night but had subpar game for him. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan had only 4 points and 5 rebounds. Both player sat our with foul trouble and were not decisive in the game.
POWER FORWARD - NO ADVANTAGE - Both power forwards played well with Blake having 15 points, and 8 rebounds, while Pau went for 10 points and 14 rebounds.
SHOOTING GUARD - ADVANTAGE LAKERS - Kobe went for 40 points in 43 minutes while Jamal Crawford had 21 points off the bench for the Clippers. Kobe's heroic effort couldn't bring the Lakers a win because the rest of the team didn't perform.
SMALL FORWARD - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - Caron Butler had a nice shooting night hitting 5 of 7 shots in route to 14 points. Metta on the other had hit only 3 of 10 shots and went 1 of 7 from the 3 for 8 points.
POINT GUARD - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - This battle wasn't even close as the combination of Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe dominated the Laker point guards. Having Steve Nash available would have help but he is just not fast enough to contain either one of the Clippers PG's.
THE BENCH - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - The Clipper bench ourscored the Lakers bench 46 - 16. Enough said.
SEASON ADVANTAGE - CLIPPERS - The Clippers have now beaten the Lakers once in the preseason, and in their opening game of the regular season.
OUR NEW STARTERS - THE 2ND UNIT - In the second game against the Lakers, the 2nd unit scored 46 of the teams 105 points while the Laker bench only score 16. In the season opener, the second unit came into the game in the second quarter and it looked like "Showtime." It was awesome. They showed great energy on both ends of the floor. They had twice as many blocks as the starters, and scored almost half of the teams points, in half of the minutes the starters played. Fast Breaks for everyone. They built a 12 point lead and then VDN brought the starters back in and Memphis went on a 12-0 run. We ended the half down 4. When the starters came in it was like a great sucking sound vaccuming the energy out of Staples. It was like watching a tire with a blowout going flat. The game slowed way down. It was like watching the game in slow motion. If this continues, I don't have a problem with starting the guys who come to play. If that is the 2nd unit, the so be it. Let them start. Maybe it will wake up our current starting unit. In the end the bench score 49 of the teams 106 points.
CLIPPERS DEFEAT LAKERS IN BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES I: 2011-2012 NBA REGULAR SE ..
NBA teams going to local/regional cable-only telecasts is the way of the world; as of this upcoming season, there are only four teams remaining that offer over-the-air TV (AKA free/"rabbit-ears" TV) broadcasts of their games (Bulls, Spurs, Wolves, Blazers), and that's not counting the occasional game or two each season that teams like the Clips, Nets, and Knicks farm-out to a local station because of scheduling conflicts. Of course, money is the determining factor on why more and more teams (including our L.A. NBA teams) are going cable-only, and it's because companies like Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet can pay millions more than an over-the-air broadcaster.
Cable channels get two streams of revenue: subscription fees and advertisting. It's also another factor why teams start-up their own cable networks...more money going into the team's (and owners') coffers. Even with the big luxury tax the Lakers will have to pay within the next year or so, between the local money from TWC, their share of the national TV money from Disney and Turner, and all extra revenue they generate (tickets, apparel, etc.), they'll be alright.
I am not worried about the Lakers and their owners. I just feel sorry for the fans. 620,000 homes in LA don't even have cable and now channel 9 is gone. Over half of SoCal as of this moment does not have access to Laker games. Fox sports offered the Lakers the richest deal in Sports and they turned it down, even if it meant many of their fans would be in the dark. I hope a lot of those fans become Clipper fans. They are more fun to watch anyway. Fox Sports is carried by every provider as far as I know. Laker/Clipper fans just need to turn the game on.