What Gives, Pac Div? Warriors Falter, Mamba-less Lakers Win
So…the Golden State Warriors lost to the Chicago Bulls, who then promptly lost to the Los Angeles Lakers – does that mean the Lakers are better than the Warriors?
Of course not. Let’s continue.
The Warriors may have lost their last home game to the Bulls, but what they have achieved in the 19 game home winning streak is nothing short of impressive. The winning margin, an average of 17.84 points, is nothing short of astonishing, considering this is practically the same group that was the sixth seed last season.
Of course, there are some differences. Stephen Curry is now a contender for MVP, Marreese Speights is suddenly one of the most productive big man off the bench, and coach Steve Kerr has got the offense clicking without letting too much of their defensive intensity disappear.
Oh, and Klay Thompson created history last week. He’s not bad either.
Well, for NBA fans and in particular Los Angeles Lakers fans, this is sad.
There is a silver lining here: Kobe is more than likely to return next season as a result of another season cut short, and the Lakers will have some cap space to attract free agents in the upcoming offseason. For example, next year the Lakers could boast a starting line-up of:
- Rajon Rondo,
- Danny Green
- Julius Randle
- Greg Monroe
How does that starting five sounds, LA fans?
At least Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are trying to hard to fill the void of the Mamba. They are the heroes the Lakers deserve, but not the ones they need.
One last thing with regards to the Lakers: you know they are bad when even Swaggy P is accused of quitting on the team.
Byron Scott on Nick Young: “I just felt with his body language that he didn’t want to play tonight, so I chose not to play him.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 26, 2015
Moving onto the other team in LA, the Los Angeles Clippers have quietly strung together a six-game winning streak before it snapped against the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday. Doc Rivers will look to improve their swingman rotation, as upgrades over the uncertain Austin Rivers and ancient Hedo Turkoglu are necessary for a team with championship aspirations. The problem is: which player can they give up?
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin get their well-deserved All Star nod. While Shaq’s vote for DeAndre Jordan failed to come to fruition, the explosive center has been a double-double machine this season with 24 so far. It would be interesting to see whether the Clippers will keep him as he enters free agency, as it is clear that they will some money to invest in better 2s and 3s.
DeMarcus Cousins getting his well deserved All-Star nod must be a huge relief for the Sacramento Kings, as their season starts to slip away. At 16-28, they are likely to become very popular trade partners as the deadline approaches. Any takers for Ramon Sessions, Nik Stauskas and Jason Thompson?
Something the Kings fan can be thankful for is what Darren Collison is bringing to the table. Formerly best used as a back-up point guard, Collison is averaging career highs in points, assists, steals and three pointers per game, while being quite efficient with the ball. For comparison’s sake, rumored trade target Deron Williams is averaging 13.9 PPG and 6.3 APG compared to Collison’s 16.1 PPG and 5.7 APG.
Phoenix looks to have confirmed its nine-man rotation – with Miles Plumlee or Gerald Green the ninth man dependent on matchups – and as long as two of the three-headed monster that is Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas perform well, they have a chance against any team.
New Phoenix Suns acquisition Brendan Wright is fitting in nicely with the group and Alex Len is solid as the starting center, with a respectable 7.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG when he starts. Now, if only they can stop getting silly technicals.
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