Clippers’ a Mere 31 Games Ahead of Lakers, Is That All?

In a season that may or may not be the worst ever in the long and storied history of the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, the cross-arena rival Los Angeles Clippers keep sailing along towards their greatest season ever. Last night at Staples, the game was thoroughly embarrassing for the Lakers, and continued well-deserved payback for years and years of ridicule they mercilessly heaped upon the Clippers and their fans. Last night was so bad

for the Lakers that they needed someone named Dwight Buycks to hit a pair of threes in the final couple of minutes to avoid their lowest full-game point total EVER.

Buycks, signed to a 10-day contract this past week, was appearing in his second game as a member of the Lakers, after a long and storied 14-game career in Toronto last season, during which he hit on 31% of his shots. He's
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been a terror with the Lakers, however, tearing up the NBA with a .600 field goal percentage over 29 minutes on the court as a Laker. He saved the bacon for his new team last night, though, when with 2:15 left to play and the Clippers ahead by 34 at 101-67 and the Lakers in danger of recording their lowest point total ever, Buycks hit a three-pointer from 26-feet, and he followed that a minute later with a layup and free throw, as his new team narrowed the deficit to only a 28-point loss. He could not, however, prevent the team from losing its all-time worst 56th game of the season. The Lakers do continue to hang on to a .263 winning percentage, a tick below that .264 franchise-worst ever set back in the Land of a Thousand Lakes, in the 1957-1958 season.

On the other hand, the Clippers are in a fight for the Western Conference’s second best record and NBA’s third best, as the post season draws closer and closer. Now with a 52-26 record, they are one-half game behind Memphis and one and one-half behind Houston for that coveted spot that would give them home-court advantage through at least the first two

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playoff rounds. The Clippers have only four games left, including tomorrow night’s final match with the moribund Lakers. But then they play Memphis for a major showdown with the Grizzles that could well decide their playoff seeding. They then finish the regular schedule at home against the Nuggets and then on the road at Phoenix.

The Clippers have won their last three in a row and ten of their last 11, largely on the sensational play of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and despite a floundering bench, but the irreplaceable vital cog to their success, Jamal Crawford, who has missed the team’s last 17 games is now set to return this week, and getting the intensity and bench scoring back will be a major boost to their stretch drive and then entering the post season.

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It's been amazing that the sensational play of Jordan has gone so unrecognized, especially during the time that Griffin recently missed. Jordan's 14.85 rebounds per game average is the second highest only to Kevin Loves's 15.23 recorded in the 2010-2011 season over the past dozen years, and his .706 field goal percentage is the highest since Wilt Chamberlain recorded a .727 percentage during the 1972-1973 season.

So, as the 2014-2015 NBA regular season draws to a close, the bizarro world of Los Angeles basketball revolves around the fabulous play of the Clippers and the exploits of three of the league’s greatest stars who play for the Clippers, and whether or not the Lakers can avoid setting records for scoring futility as they lose more gams at a greater rate than they have ever before. In their worst years, the Clippers had the excuses of the incompetence and uncaring policies of former owner Donald Sterling. Are those the same excuses that the Lakers now have with their ownership?

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