Is the balance of power shifting in Southern California after the Los Angeles Clippers blowout 120-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers? Well, if the last two seasons are any representation of what is to come from both teams, then yes the power is finally changing in Los Angeles. The Clippers’ victory today means that they have now won the season series against the Lakers for the second consecutive year. This might not sound like a big deal to Lakers fans, but it is.
When you look at the current state of both teams, one looks poised for a possible run to the NBA Finals while the other seems ready for their miserable season to just end. However, what should worry Lakers fans even more is that the future does not look very bright. With coach Mike D’Antoni at the helm, this team can forget about ever seeing the playoffs again. D’Antoni gave it his best shot out in Los Angeles, but now is not the time to give him another year when there are other coaching options out there.
This is especially true when the other coach in L.A. is Doc Rivers. Rivers coming to the Clippers to take Chris Paul under his wing was the best thing to ever happen in franchise history. With Rivers, they have a coach who is a proven winner during his time with the Boston Celtics, and with Paul by his side this means fans can believe in championship aspirations. You think the Lakers faithful feel that way about their coach right now? D’Antoni isn’t even in the same league as Rivers, and if the Lakers front office doesn’t make a change soon the power will continue to shift in favor of the Clippers.
Yes, the real team in Los Angeles still wears purple and gold at the moment due to their storied history that includes 16 championships. However, if Blake Griffin and Paul can lead the Clippers to a championship this year, which is definitely possible, there might be the emergence of a new sheriff in town.