The Clippers contained Kobe Bryant but they had no answer for Shaq O'Neal tonight, losing 109-98 (box scores). Shaq dominated the middle and was simply overpowering. The Clippers played a terrific second quarter and lead by 1 at the end of the half but the Lakers were able to break out to a 6 point cushion at the end of 3 which they just steadily built on. The Clippers got within 5 a couple times but untimely turnovers, missed layups, tons of missed free throws, and wasted fast break opportunities just killed them. If the Clippers were to win they simply could not make mistakes like that. You could tell that the Clippers really wanted this one- they played very hard but with the way the Lakers have been playing the Clippers also needed to play near- perfect to win and obviously that wasn't the case tonight.
CLIPPERS 109 - LAKERS 95: CHRIS PAUL COMMENTS - GARY G, IVNEWS
Though loss..!! u know to be real a few games before the all star brake i know it was not happening this year, as far as the playoffs and all. i am a die hard fan, and a loss to those ass wipe lakers always hurts bad! I really thought this be the season that the clippers will make the playoffs and go far.. and i also really hoped this be the year we win the LA battle. but the fact is that this group of players just can not cut it! Miller has been a big disappointment this year ..so has been the coaching staff. this team needs to be rebuilt all over, and built next year around 3 guys, Brand, odem, maggette. i hope we also can get a real good coach! u know who i would think would be the best coach for the clippers, Bobby Knight.
PS. Is it just me or dose anyone alse hates the Lakers as much as i do.
Well there's one more game with the Lakers and it'll be a "home" game so I think the Clippers will have a better chance of winning that one. That'll be the "playoff" game for the Clippers this season I suppose.
Bobby Knight as a Clipper coach? You know that's an interesting idea because I think the Clippers need to play with more discipline and focus. But the problem is with his reputation and all maybe players won't want to play for him and decide not stay with the team. But hey isn't Phil Jackson's contract up at the end of the season? Maybe he'll want to take on a new challenge by turning the Clippers around? :-)
Yeah Corey sure did his part- containing Kobe while leading the Clippers in scoring. But yeah this was one game I think the Clippers really missed Olowokandi. As far as Kobe goes- he's an awesome player and all but you can tell sometimes he's a very selfish player. Two games ago towards the end he was just forcing up crazy shots with like two people in his face in order to get 40. Then the Clipper game you can tell he really wanted to go for it with like 3 or 4 minutes left but the Lakers got wise and just kept dumping the ball to Shaq instead.