Yes It’s Only a Preseason Game, but…

The Los Angeles Clippers pounded the Lakers last night 114-95, and the hoops media is in a frenzy. One of the key offseason stories is that the balance of power may have changed in L.A. with the arrival of Chris Paul to the Clippers.  The Clips undeniably looked good (their 114 points came on only 82 FGAs and they nailed just shy of 50% of their three pointers, a unsustainable number but one that suggests that they are spacing the floor much better than last season).  Tthe real issue is how bad the Lakers looked.  Aside from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum, there really isn’t much there on the roster.  Metta World Peace is in decline, so much so, that Matt Barnes took the start at the 3.  Steve Blake started at point guard, and the rest of the lineup was chock full of guys who struggled to stay in the rotations of their teams.  It’s tough to go into *any* NBA season aiming to play three on five, much less this compressed sprint that begins on Sunday.  I had figured that the Lakers would be 37-29, but that may be too optimistic.

It is only one preseason game, but Lakers fans may need to practice the stiff upper lip routine a bit.  

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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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