'Battle Of LA' - Clippers vs Lakers - 10:30ET - Kobe 40+ Again?

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 6 years ago '05        #1
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'Battle Of LA' - Clippers vs Lakers - 10:30ET - Kobe 40+ Again?
 

 
Chris Paul was expected to join Kobe Bryant and bolster the Los Angeles Lakers' chances at winning a third NBA title in four years.

Instead, he's found himself driving the revival of their more unheralded co-tenants.

Fresh off a signature win, Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers look to keep rolling when they open their regular-season series with Bryant and the Lakers on Saturday night.

Once the lockout was settled, Paul expressed his desire to be traded from league-owned New Orleans instead of playing out the final season of his contract. It seemed the Hornets found a suitor in the Lakers (9-4), but a three-team trade that also involved Houston was nixed by commissioner David Stern due to "basketball reasons."

A week later, the superstar point guard was traded to the Clippers (5-3) for three players and Minnesota's 2012 first-round pick.

Joining a team that also includes Blake Griffin, Paul's acquisition has made the Clippers a Western Conference contender, an expectation they're backing up on the court.

Paul is averaging 16.1 points while ranking among the NBA leaders with 8.8 a.ssists and 2.8 steals, and the Clippers are gaining steam by winning four of five while holding opponents under 90 points in each victory.

He turned in his best performance in a Clippers uniform Wednesday, scoring a season-high 27 points while dishing out 11 a.ssists in a 95-89 overtime victory against Miami. That win was aided by more strong defensive play, as the Clippers held the Heat to season lows in scoring and shooting percentage (39.5).

"It's good to get a win and get it by grinding it out," said Griffin, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Paul could make a major impact when he faces the Lakers for his first time as a Clipper in a game that counts. He's averaged 20.3 points and 11.8 a.ssists in 20 career regular-season meetings against them.

While Paul has the Clippers feeling good about ending their five-season playoff drought, Bryant is on a tear as he leads the league with an average of 31.2 points.

The two-time scoring champ is certainly excited for the first meeting in what - at least based on the Clippers' two tense preseason victories - seems destined to become a heated rivalry.

"It's a good test. I'm looking forward to it," Bryant said. "It's going to be a good challenge. We're going to be pumped up and excited. There's going to be a lot of energy."

The 13-time All-Star is averaging 39.0 points during the Lakers' five-game winning streak, scoring at least 40 points in each of the last three contests despite dealing with torn ligaments in his right wrist.

The injury didn't seem to bother him Friday, as Bryant made 15 of 31 shots for 42 points in a 97-92 win over Cleveland.

"The wrist is feeling stronger, feeling more comfortable," Bryant said. "It's just motivation. Nobody wants to hear about a bad wrist as being the reason why I had a bad game. Nobody wants to hear excuses."

Bryant hasn't needed excuses when facing the Clippers, averaging 29.7 points over the last seven matchups with the Lakers winning five. He scored 37 points in the most recent meeting, a 112-104 win March 25.

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are providing some scoring help for Bryant, averaging 16.9 and 16.6 points, respectively. Both had double-doubles against the Cavaliers, and coach Mike Brown wants to see more of the same.

"We have to make sure we keep executing offensively so we don't need to rely on (Bryant) so much," Brown said. "It's good to have a guy like Kobe Bryant in your pocket."

The Clippers may feel the same way about Griffin, the team leader with 23.3 points per game and 10.8 rebounds. The reigning rookie of the year has been held below 20 points just once this season, and scored 22 in each of the last two meetings with the Lakers.

393 comments for "'Battle Of LA' - Clippers vs Lakers - 10:30ET - Kobe 40+ Again?"

 6 years ago '09        #2
thegoldenhero 3 heat pts
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imma bet Clippers win...CP3 gonna go off on them sh*tty laker pg's like he did in the playoffs last year.
 6 years ago '05        #3
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 6 years ago '05        #4
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imma bet Clippers win...CP3 gonna go off on them sh*tty laker pg's like he did in the playoffs last year.
Is there any good Odds?

Bet Wise?
 6 years ago '11        #5
Kingpin 313 104 heat pts104
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Lakers coming off a back to back and cp3 about to k!ll fisher and Blake















Lakers win by 6
 01-14-2012, 12:26 PM         #6
Chopzilla 
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Be a close game but Clips take the W
 01-14-2012, 12:28 PM         #7
youknowmystelo 
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It should be fun. -
 6 years ago '11        #8
DCballer40 
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If Kobe scores 35+ playing his 4th game in 5 nights (40+ minutes in the previous 3 games) I will impressed. If he does it efficiently I will be even more impressed. In terms of a Lakers win, it has all to do with Bynum and Gasol. If they rebound and score Lakers win. Clippers for all of their athleticsm they have in their frontcourt they are the Worst rebounding teams in the League.

Limit and create paint points, make your free throws (mental toughness on weary legs), limit second chance points, and keep CP3 out of the paint are the keys to a Laker's win tonight.
 6 years ago '11        #9
DCballer40 
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Clippers are a 2.5 point favorite
 6 years ago '09        #10
WezLFaCe_KiD 57 heat pts57
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kobes been having to score that much vs sh*tty teams like jazz and cavs and barly winning at that . CLips got this . 98-90
 6 years ago '05        #11
MadGam325 14 heat pts14
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Clippers by 4.
 6 years ago '05        #12
MadGam325 14 heat pts14
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 P. Dedos said:
you need to fix the thread title and ask will kobe shoot over 30 shots again
Does it matter if he's hitting 45%+?
 6 years ago '11        #13
MakeItHappen456 41 heat pts41
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lakers 3rd game in three days ? clippers had two days off. If clippers dont win thats just sad.


Last edited by MakeItHappen456; 01-14-2012 at 02:15 PM..
 6 years ago '11        #14
MakeItHappen456 41 heat pts41
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 P. Dedos said:
alot of players shoot over 45% in the league but they dont get the greenlight to chuck the rock over 30 times but if they did they would be doing the same sh*t
kobe knows what he's doing, he does have 5 rings right ?
 6 years ago '04        #15
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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Semi-Checking in. Don't think I'll catch the game tonight but ehh never know.

 Kingpin 313 said:
Lakers coming off a back to back and cp3 about to k!ll fisher and Blake















Lakers win by 6
You do know we don't have Blake for another 3-4 weeks right?

 WezLFaCe_KiD said:
kobes been having to score that much vs sh*tty teams like jazz and cavs and barly winning at that . CLips got this . 98-90
Maybe the reason he's barely beating these teams is because of the BENCH. When your up by 19pts in the 3rd...there should be no reason why the lead gets cut to single digits and you have to enter the game back.

Plus if you weren't aware we haven't had our bench in nearly A WEEK. McRoberts just came back, Blake is injured since Tuesday, Murphy got time off, Kapono got to go see his wife have twins.

Our bench consisted of: MWP/Walton/Ebanks/Young Andrew/Morris.

Our bench hasn't really had time to mesh with each other since Brown has some weird a.ss adjustments. Hence why Kobe needs to come back in the game and keep taking shots.

Besides the Blazers & Heat...what teams can the Clippers say they have beaten that makes you go WOW?! None.

Not to mention this is your 9th game being played compared to our 14th.

Lakers by 7.
 01-14-2012, 04:28 PM         #16
1angrypinoy 
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 P. Dedos said:
alot of players shoot over 45% in the league but they dont get the greenlight to chuck the rock over 30 times but if they did they would be doing the same sh*t
Shooting 45% on field goals >>>>> LezBron bricking free throws with no one guarding him with the game on the line

LezBron = mentally weak
 6 years ago '10        #17
yaboiace 5 heat pts
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 youknowmystelo said:
It should be fun. -
 6 years ago '11        #18
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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It will be tough tonight. 3rd game in 4 nights while the clipps have been resting. I do expect Bryant to be aggressive tonight but lets see if he keeps hitting 50% of his shots.

But thats why the games are played.
 6 years ago '11        #19
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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Battle for L.A.? Not until the so called "lob city" wins titles. Until then, Cali as a state belongs to the Purple and Gold!


 6 years ago '11        #20
DCballer40 
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 Loso Luciano24 said:
It will be tough tonight. 3rd game in 4 nights while the clipps have been resting. I do expect Bryant to be aggressive tonight but lets see if he keeps hitting 50% of his shots.

But thats why the games are played.
4th game in 5 nights...5th game in 7 nights. Going to be tough
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