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SportAre Clippers better positioned for success than Lakers?

01:05  12 february  2019
01:05  12 february  2019 Source:   thecomeback.com

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The Lakers take up a big portion of the spotlight over the Clippers in L.A. It’s easy to see why. Historically, the Lakers have accomplished way more as a franchise and right now, they’ve got the best basketball player in the planet on their roster in LeBron James. Even with the Lakers getting the most airplay in Los Angeles, the Clippers have been the better team. It begs the question, are the Clippers better positioned for success?

In the short-term, I’d lean towards the Lakers over the Clippers – but it’s closer than it has any right to be.

This season, the Clippers (31-26) are 2.5 games ahead of the Lakers (28-28) and sit eighth, the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers are a hard-working group without a true superstar. It has been the contributions of small forward Tobias Harris, shooting guard Lou Williams, a healthy Danilo Gallinari, Rookie of the Year candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and most-improved candidate Montrezl Harrell leading the way. Well-coached by Doc Rivers, the Clippers are not trying to be a team they’re not. They’re quasi-rebuilding and haven’t let winning games get in the way of their future. It’s why Harris, Mike Muscala and Avery Bradley were traded at the deadline. Despite the trades, the Clippers maintained a depth-filled, talented roster.

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Meanwhile, the Lakers are taking the opposite approach. They’re trying to win now even with an undermanned roster behind James. Team president Magic Johnson tried and failed to pry superstar Anthony Davis from New Orleans to give LeBron a much-needed MVP-type player to play alongside. The Lakers roster is unreliable outside James and forward Kyle Kuzma. It’s an odd mix of young talent and strong personality off-the-bench veterans. Coach Luke Walton has had a tough time making the pieces fit. Without LeBron, the team is uninspired. He missed 18 games from late December to early February where the Lakers looked like a lottery team, winning just six games.

It’s hard to bet against LeBron – especially in the playoffs – which is why I’d nudge towards the Lakers being better positioned for success in the playoffs this season. The Clippers sold off their best player and could still make the playoffs and (hypothetically) beat the Lakers in a seven-game series thanks to their depth. It shows president Lawrence Frank and GM Michael Winger have done an excellent job assembling talent to make a competitive team even while selling at the deadline.

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The Lakers – Clippers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers .

The Clippers are better at the moment, they have a lot of nice pieces, their team stats are solid on both sides. But they lack a tent-pole star, caught Houston Shaun Powell: That's a mirage, although no disrespect intended to the Clippers , who just like last season are playing better than most expected.

Long-term, the Clippers are setting themselves up much better than the Lakers.

By knowing they weren’t likely to compete for a championship this year, the Clippers stayed on course and brought in four picks in the Harris trade, including a 2020 protected pick from Philly and an intriguing 2021 unprotected pick from Miami. Should the Clippers fall out of playoff contention, they’ll keep their 2019 first-round pick which is owed to Boston but lottery protected. It also doesn’t hurt they also brought in sharpshooter rookie Landry Shamet.

In an equally important deal, the Clippers traded guard Avery Bradley in a package for the expiring contracts of guard Garrett Temple and forward JaMychal Green. The move not only added depth but cleared $2 million in cap space next season. The Clippers will have space to sign a max contract – they’ve long been interested in Kawhi Leonard – and have enough assets to try to swing a huge trade if they’d like. If they can deal Gallinari this summer, then Williams would be the team’s highest paid player at just $8 million. It’s the type of financial flexibility most teams would love. There’s a scenario where the Clippers could bring in two superstars on a max deal, keep their draft picks, and leave their current core mostly untouched.

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A heartless show by Celtics begs some tough questions Sign up for Court Sense, our Celtics-centric NBA newsletter Let’s say this first: This was the most embarrassing regular-season loss of the Brad Stevens era, leading by 28 late in the first half, against a team with a patchwork lineup, that just traded its best player, only to lose by 11. The Celtics were pathetic in the second half Saturday at TD Garden. The fans began booing once the Clippers got within 10 and never stopped. Mentally strong teams don’t lose 28-point leads two days after losing an 18-point lead. The Lakers’ loss could be attributed to a streak of unexpectedly hot 3-point shooting and a fortunate bounce and shot by Rajon Rondo.

Yet, the Clippers constantly perform better than us. Why? that the Clippers were more successful than the Lakers . Maybe the Clipper franchise has had some comparative success in the I think that the Clippers and the Lakers will basically change positions

Yet, the Clippers constantly perform better than us. Why? The past few years they've had Chris Paul, Blake If the Lakers and the Clippers success had been reversed, people would simply be complaining about our lack of playoff success .

The Lakers have $40 million coming off the books, but their long-term future isn’t as flexible. Los Angeles is essentially in “superstar or bust” mode. With LeBron sticking around, the Lakers need someone to pair with him and are positioned to add another big contract. That’s going to come at the expense of dealing Kuzma, point guard Lonzo Ball and whoever else, or it’s going to (likely) be another max contract. Los Angeles would be in much better shape if they’d chosen Kings point guard D’Aaron Fox or Celtics forward Jayson Tatum instead of Ball. Teams aren’t lining up to take on Ball or Ingram. Although, players will take less to play with LeBron.

The Lakers at best are setting themselves up for a low playoff seed. Worst case scenario, they could miss the playoffs entirely. The Clippers, meanwhile, would be fine missing the playoffs. It’d be a bonus to make it, but it’s not about this season for the team. Making the right trades, keeping their core intact and having the financial space for big moves going forward is how a successful team should operate. Even by selling at the trade deadline, they still might finish ahead of the Lakers. Ultimately, they’re better positioned for success. The Lakers have James, so they can’t be counted out. But, the Clippers are on the right path.

Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics 123-112

Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics 123-112 Montrezl Harrell forced two turnovers in the final two minutes and Patrick Beverly hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench Saturday night to help the retooled Los Angeles Clippers overcome a 28-point, first-half deficit and beat the Celtics 123-112. One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston on Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beater — and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl — the Clippers turned the "Beat L.A.! chants" to boos.

Meanwhile the Clippers are in their best era ever. It's just how it happened to work out at this moment. Kobe Bryant is retired and Chris Paul and B First of all this question is disrespectful. As a lakers fan, I don't agree that the clippers are better than us. Record wise, yes but not the history. the

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