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The two wiley veterans
One aspect separating the Lakers and Clippers is the experience, or disparity, between the two teams.
For the Clippers, they don't make the playoffs with much regularity. In fact, they've only been to the playoffs seven times in the history of their franchise.
This current Clippers team is also short on playoff experience. Combined, the team accounts for 371 playoff contests—249 of those are made up by new acquisition Kenyon Martin and the injured Chauncey Billups.
The majority of the veteran Lakers team has been through the rigors of countless playoff battles. The current roster combines for a stunning 807 playoff appearances. Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant combine for 417 appearances in the postseason alone.
Inevitably, the younger, upstart Clippers squad will be put in unfamiliar situations. Outside of Martin, the team has little experience in a situation such as facing a quality opponent in a seven game series.
In addition, regular-season games determining eventual playoff seeding will be new for the core players on the Clippers roster. These tense and often arduous games toward the end of the season are difficult.
It will be extremely interesting to see how the likes of Paul and Blake Griffin respond to such a challenge. For the Lakers, it will be second nature as they've been in similar scenarios on multiple occasions.
There's no question, however, that the Lakers hold a huge edge in this category. And experience should not be discounted at all when competing for a division crown.