Los Angeles Clippers: Will They Surpass the Lakers As the L.A. NBA Favorites?

January 13th, 2011 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
Back on Dec. 8, Derek Fisher’s buzzer-beater enabled the Lakers to edge out the Clippers, their Staples Center co-tenants, 87-86.  That started the Clippers on a four-game slide.

Since then, the perennial Western Conference cellar-dwellers have turned things around winning eight of their last 11 games and capping it with a statement win last night against the Miami Heat, 111-105, snapping the Heat’s 13-game road winning streak.

These were the same Miami Heat that destroyed the Lakers on Christmas Day, 96-80.  And these were the same Los Angeles Clippers that began this season losing 13 of their first 14 games.

But that was then, and this is now.  First-year head coach Vinnie Del Negro has finally figured out the strengths and weaknesses of his personnel while point guard Baron Davis, who was injured earlier in the year, has reignited the team with his on-court savvy.

Davis had his best game of the season against the Heat, scoring 20 points to go along with his nine assists as the Clippers led all the way from the opening tip-off. 

In the Clippers' recent stretch, Davis has joined first-year ...

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