Pivot Points: For One Night, the Clippers Step Out of Lakers’ Shadow

January 7th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
It's bad enough that the Los Angeles Clippers have to share a city with the Lakers, but to share the same building has to be torture beyond measure.

Imagine glancing up into the air of the Staples Center and seeing all that history in the form of retired jerseys and multiple championship banners— and knowing none of it belongs to you.

Such is the plight of the Clippers, who have been forced to exist in the shadow of the Lakers and have been an unwilling participant in the various moments of glory achieved by the "real home team."

The Clippers had suffered nine straight defeats to the Lakers, a number that spanned more than two seasons, until their emphatic 102-91 victory on Wednesday night.

Forgive Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, and Rasual Butler for celebrating as if the Clippers had just clinched a playoff spot. This was the only victory against the Lakers any of them had ever experienced as Clippers, with the exception of Kaman.

Even though it was a tired Laker team in the second night of a back-to-back, they were beaten thoroughly and convincingly, and for some reason I don't feel as bad as I would opposite another oppo ...

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