Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Chris Paul took advantage of the Lakers’ missing defense again, dropping ten dimes without a single turnover. Paul added 19 points, five rebounds and two steals. Paul has four games this season of at least ten assists and no turnovers; Kyle Lowry has two such games this season. No other player in the NBA has more than one this year.
That was … a stiff arm:The Clippers and Lakers haven’t played two games against each other in a span of three days or less since 2004. The blowout came Sunday night, it wasn’t surprising to see the Lakers show up and give a better effort on Tuesday night. The Lakers didn’t play Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill, wisely going with the high upside option in Ed Davis, and Tarik Black had his best night as a pro with 16 points and nine rebounds. Obviously, the Clippers got what they needed offensively from Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick (27 points each for Griffin and Redick). But the Clippers relaxed in this game, not necessarily in a positive way, and it showed.
X factor: Jamal Crawford came back! And that’s where the excitement ends for now. J-Crossover only had four points on seven shots, missing all four threes in 19 minutes. The Clippers bench was boo-boo as usual, getting outscored by eight points by the Lakers bench. Crawford had yet another and-one on a jumper, so there’s that.
— Law Murray
Tweets Of The Game
R. Kelly was never the ignition for the Lakers' offense tonight. He was 3/17, with the 14 misses either bumping or grinding off the rim
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 8, 2015
— Jhony Gutierrez (@andthefoul) April 8, 2015
Another day, another opportunity..
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 7, 2015
Doc said the team still hasn't made a decision on Lester Hudson or bringing back Nate Robinson. They have the next three days to decide.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 8, 2015
Check Your Messages
Growing up as a Clipper fan in Los Angeles, games against the Lakers were many times the only tentpoles of the season. They were a time to savor and an opportunity to stand just a bit taller on the playground the next day. Sadly, these moments were few and far between.
There were those nights where the games stayed tight late into the game, and I’d stay glued to the television just a bit closer, wishing that by some stroke of luck and timely scoring, an upset would come to fruition. Instead, the superior talent of the Lakers roster would blow through those final fourth quarter minutes, shutting the door on any chances for my playground smugness.
The feelings of those losses — especially the close ones — remain a part of what it meant to be a Clipper fan back in those days. They still do today. Only now, games like tonight’s help me understand what it feels like on the other side as well.
– Brandon Tomyoy