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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  15 responses

Clippers: No Rivalry With Lakers


The latest installment in the increasingly testy (and meaningful, standings-wise) Battle of Los Angeles will take place at Staples Center tonight, but the Clippers are doing their best to downplay the animosity between them and the Lakers. From the LA Times: “Honestly, I don’t think it is one,’ center DeAndre Jordan said. ‘But I’m not worried about any other team. I don’t care about them. I respect them as a team and as players. Once we step in between that line, I could care less about any accomplishments they have.’ [...] Both teams are fighting for the top spot in the Pacific Division, and the winner of the final regular-season game between the them will hold the tiebreaker in the series because the teams have split the first two games. The outcome could help determine the division champion and playoff seeding in the West. The Clippers last won the season series against the Lakers in 1992-93. [...] There were 11 technical fouls in the first two games, plus one ejection and plenty of trash talking. In the first game, the Lakers’ Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, Coach Mike Brown and rookie Darius Morris got technicals, as did Clippers forward Blake Griffin. In the second game, technical fouls were issued to the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Josh McRoberts, who got two and was ejected. The Clippers’ Chauncey Billups and Reggie Evans also received technicals. ‘We don’t make too much of it,’ Chris Paul said. ‘First of all, it’s been so long ago that we played them. We’re two totally different teams. I don’t even remember that last game too much. But it’s obviously a big game’ [...] ‘It’s not really a rivalry,’ Blake Griffin said. ‘It’s a game between two teams that play in the same city, play in the same building. It’s just another game.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I’m calling bullsh!t. I think Blake was being sarcastic.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Can’t have a rivalry if one team is constantly getting the absolute living sh*t kicked out of it for the last 20 years without having achieved anything of significance, whilst the other is winning multiple championships with different generations of players.
    DJ is exactly right.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Saying that though, I agree with Brad. I can imagine Blake doing that little half-smirk he does when saying that. Coach Pop is the best though. Says outlandish stuff with a straight face all the time.

  • Heals

    Either embrace it or not. The Clips started with their sights set on the LAL, CP3 played with an edge during the PRESEASON and Blake was staring down anybody waering purple and gold, but now their try to play it all cool. Nice try, but we know ya’ll hate each other…

  • Rainman

    anyone else sense the seemingly clear sarcasm in Blakes comments? I’d have to watch the actual clip to get a better feel tho, reading the words themselves dont always do justice.

  • Moj

    The saying is “I COULDN’T care less”, DeAndre. Saying that you COULD care less means that you actually DO care. If you’re going to be a millionaire at least get your grammar right kid.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It’s a rivalry. It’s not an epic rivalry. It’s not a legendary rivalry. It’s still a rivalry. You have two good talented well accomplished (individually for the Clips e.g. CP3, B. Griffin) teams/players. They both play their home games at Staples center in LA. It’s the biggest market on the West Side.
    Call it what you want. I’ll call it a budding rivalry.

  • abaci

    i hope the lakers smash them

  • robb

    The Clippers? what’s that?

  • elmaar

    no other two teams play each other with so much edge! plus they from one city, english call it a derby!
    I say game 3 is a straight bar fight!

  • LA Huey

    LakeShow’s got it right.

  • bike

    It should be a rivalry because it’s good for the local market. The players know this and when they play each other they will put on the ‘hate each other’s guts’ show because it sells tickets.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    There is no rivalry. Blake got it right, two teams in the same city – that’s about it. I do think Blake is going to be looking for some personal payback though.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hmm…Got it Nupe. It’s not a rivalry. Just personal payback…

  • BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16

    Blake griffin CP3 and Deandre Jordan are the three most overrated players in the NBA. Lob city my @$$

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