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For all the crazy, breathless gossip about Carmelo Anthony going to the Lakers, there's only one LA team that poses a threat to the Knicks from an actual basketball standpoint ... and it ain't the Lakers.
While they didn't give New York quite the beating Houston did, the Clippers also beat the Knicks by double-digits in both games last year.
The Clippers have the game's best point guard in Chris Paul, and New York tends to struggle against elite guards. Paul did not disappoint in 2012-13, averaging 22.5 points and 7.5 assists against New York.
Offensively, the Knicks did very little—scoring 88 and 80 points in the season series.
Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton excelled in the first game, scoring 42 and 20 points, but the rest of the team combined for just 26 points.
This year, they've added an old Knick nemesis in former Celtics' coach Doc Rivers. Given the fact that most people believed coaching to be the Clippers' biggest weakness, upgrading Vinny Del Negro for an NBA champion coach might have been the biggest coup of the NBA offseason.
This promises to be a tough battle, coming in the middle of a treacherous three-game West Coast swing (they also face Portland and Denver).
I think the Knicks would be thrilled to take two out of those three games, regardless of whom they beat.