The Los Angeles Clippers have won more than 50 games and the Pacific Division title this season for the first time in franchise history, but does this actually matter in Los Angeles?
All of the talk in the city of angels as always is about the Los Angeles Lakers, who currently sit a 0.5 game ahead of the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot. The constant struggles of the 2013 Lakers have completely stolen the spotlight from the Clippers most memorable season.
The Lakers have had more drama than the Kardashians this season, starting with head coach Mike Brown getting fired, reports of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard beefing and new head coach Mike D’Antoni getting the job over legendary head coach Phil Jackson. The Clippers won 17 games in a row earlier this season, which actually had people around the NBA talking about them, but that talk eventually died down.
The Clippers won their first ever division title on Sunday afternoon, after a 109-95 victory over the Lakers. It was also the first time since the 1974-75 season that the Clippers swept the season series against the purple and gold. These accomplishments deserved some acknowledgment over the next couple of days, but not in Laker Land. There wasn’t any time to talk about the Clippers first division title ever because the Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the sixth time in franchise history. The Lakers will always be the talk of Tinsel town, and that’s that.
It’s unfortunate that the Clippers memorable season has somewhat been put on the back burner, but that could change. The Lakers could realistically miss out on the playoffs this season, which would leave the Clippers as the lone team in Los Angeles playing playoff basketball. However, I’m sure Dwight’s free agency extravaganza will find a way to overshadow a Clippers playoff series.
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