After long last, the Los Angeles Clippers finally have a competitive rivalry.
No longer is their rivalry strained with the Los Angeles Lakers just because they reside in the same city and stadium. This is going to become a rivalry because the Lakers are still good and the Clippers have gotten good for the first time since 2007. While that '07 team won 47 games, it won't even compare to the consistent success that this team expects to have over the next few seasons.
With Chris Paul acquired in a trade that sent Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu to New Orleans, the Clippers received their first superstar since Bob McAdoo in the 1970's. The point guard had a great deal of success with a few sub-par supporting casts in New Orleans and is now expected to make some serious noise with a Clippers team that has a quality roster with the likes of Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan.
The Lakers might not have gotten Chris Paul, but they still have Kobe Bryant, and that's all they'll need to compete. Forming one of the NBA's more formidable duos with Pau Gasol, Bryant isn't going to let the Clippers win over Los Angeles that easily, as he is prepared to fight for his kingdom the whole way.
The two teams have met in the preseason twice with both games ending in favor of the Clippers. While we must remind ourselves that it was only preseason and Bryant didn't even play in the second game, we can't ignore the fact that the Clippers have the look of a contender in the making. With a point guard like Paul leading the way, the Clippers should have no trouble making it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
With the preseason in the books, let's take a look at the top 10 plays from the Clippers and Lakers showdowns.