Has "Lob City" Taken over the Lakers as the Best Team in Los Angeles?

Matthew StoneContributor IIJanuary 12, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers warms up against the Golden State Warriors during the season opener at Oracle Arena on December 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Clippers haven't won anything, yet. They are coming off a statement win against the Miami Heat that could be a stepping stone for this team to make a legitimate push in the NBA playoffs.

Chris Paul has played like an MVP and the high-flying Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffin have transformed this team into one of the most promising in the NBA.

Meanwhile, The Lakers have needed back to back 40-plus point performances from Kobe Bryant to escape with two consecutive victories. Although the Lakers have depth, experience and well, Kobe. They are on the decline. Bryant can only carry this team so far and i am not convinced Andrew Bynum can be a 20 point/10 rebound guy on a nightly basis (injury history aside).

After Gasol, Bryant and Bynum, the Lakers have no legitimate scoring threat. However, the "other" LA team has seasoned veterans Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler who will be counted on come playoff time. This makes the Clippers more of a threat to represent the Western Conference in the NBA finals than the Lakers.

"Lob City" is exciting, talented and scary—just ask the Miami Heat.