Clippers Get the Win, Lakers Get the Rings!

by | Dec 23, 2020 | Clippers, Lakers, Pacific | 0 comments

The Los Angeles Clippers continued their mastery over the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night winning 116-109 over the defending Champions on ring night. With an attendance of 0 in Staples Center, which has a capacity for basketball of 19,067, the Clippers never relinquished the lead in the battle of LA. The Lakers are the prohibitive favorite to repeat in the 2020-21 season, while the Clippers are in need of redemption after a miserable end to their 2019-20 season.

So far, so good for the Clippers.

Star of the game

Paul George. The Lakers made a game of it in the third quarter which is exactly when PG (in need of redemption himself) got hot. I mean very hot; en fuego category hot. He went 6-6 from the field in that quarter, 2-2 from three helping the Clippers get the lead back to double-digits going into the final quarter. George finished with 33 points.

Biggest concern

For the Clippers, that as to be Luke Kennard. It’s not a huge concern considering this is only game #1, but a 4 point game in 21 minutes of play is not encouraging. Worse, the guy known for his long distance shooting was 0-3 from deep and one of those was WIDE open. For the Lakers, no real big concerns. They lost game 1 last season too and ended up OK in the end.

Surprise contribution

I was surprised to see Nicolas Batum start for the Clippers. Offensively, he didn’t offer much with only 3 points on 1-4 shooting, but he is a veteran presence. Someone who doesn’t make mistakes and played surprisingly good defense. For the Lakers it is getting to be less and less of a surprise, but what about Talen Horton-Tucker? In 11 minutes of play he didn’t miss a shot or a free throw and included a rebound and steal for good measure. The not-yet-able-to-legally-drink youngster is a “stat-stuffer” who is going to find his way into the regular rotation for this Lakers team.

Jose Salviati
Written by Jose Salviati

Jose has written for Bleacher Report, Clipperholics, OC Weekly and wrote a series of articles covering the 2010 NBA Finals for the LA Times. He lives in Southern California and is excited to watch thePeachBasket grow!