Honestly speaking, the Lakers vs. Clippers “rivalry” in the NBA has failed to carry much weight over the years. However, now that the Clippers drafted Blake Griffin, traded for Chris Paul and added a formidable bench unit, the Battle of LA has been a legitimate topic of conversation.
Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) finished just one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) in the Pacific Division. Each team made their way to the second round of the playoffs, but got no further as the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder moved on.
Early this season, there appeared to be a changing of the guard in Los Angeles. The Lakers sputtered to a 1-4 start after losing the first three games of the season, which led to the firing of head coach Mike Brown.
Meanwhile, the Clippers got off to a great start. After back-to-back bad losses to Golden State and Cleveland, the Clips rattled off a six-game winning streak (beating the Miami Heat once and the Spurs twice during that span).
The Clippers appeared poised to run away with the Pacific Division, but a recent four-game slide humbled the team back to what is now a 9-6 mark.
The NBA season still has many months to go, but how do these two rivals stack up against one another this early in the season? Read on to find out.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of Nov. 29, 2012.