The Los Angeles Clippers came into this season as one of the most highly anticipated teams to watch.
Last season saw glimpses of what the future of basketball could become in Los Angeles, as Blake Griffin burst onto the scene in his rookie season and immediately became one of the most popular players in the league, even rivaling Kobe Bryant.
What could add to the excitement that Griffin brings to the court? Pair him up with the perfect point guard to maximize his highlight potential.
Throw DeAndre Jordan into the mix, and Lob City was truly born. The Lakers’ days as the hottest ticket in town are definitely numbered.
The two teams met once already this season on a Saturday night. The game was as anticipated as any and featured Paul stealing the show on his way to a 33-point, six-assist night as the Clippers beat the Lakers 102-94.
Bryant got his in the game with 42 points, but it was clear that the Clippers were not going to be pretenders to the L.A. throne this season.
The Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference standings this season with a 9-5 record while the Lakers are on the outside looking in with a 10-8 record—currently not good enough to even make the playoffs.
These two teams are the hottest new rivalry in the NBA and we will see them matchup again on Jan. 25.
How will that game turn out? Will Kobe exact some revenge? Who has the advantage in matchups between the two teams?
The only thing we know for sure is that the game will be played in Los Angeles.