Los Angeles Clippers ( W )
As a direct competitor for the honour of representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, the noisy neighbours have certainly become an unwanted nuisance for the Purple and Gold.
In their fourth encounter this season the Lakers came out on top with a 103-101 victory in a tight contest. The dynamic duo of Brow and Bron led the charge at The Arena. Anthony Davis finished with 34 points and 8 rebounds as he dominated from the free-throw line, finishing the game on 16/17 from the charity strike. LeBron James didn’t disappoint either as he finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as the Clippers couldn’t find an answer for his overpowering nature.
Not One Clipper Can Guard AD: The Clippers fouled Davis 12 times in this game, sending him for a total of 17 Free Throws. The Clips found themselves throwing players like JaMychal Green and Marcus Morris Sr. at him, players that are just not versed enough defensively to deal with his presents. It is important to remember that the Clippers were without the defensive presents of Montrezl Harrell.
Without Harrell and Williams: The Clippers were missing the 2 highest scoring bench players in the league in Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams for this matchup. They average a combined 37.3 PPG off the bench, not to mention the defensive flexibility Harrell lends to the team. When we look at the bench points from the game and see the Lakers only outscored the Clippers 35-31, it sets alarm bells off as the game could have gone very differently if the Clips had an extra 40 points coming off the pine.