Both of these teams have emerged as threats this season to take down the old kings of the Western Conference. They are sick of being overshadowed by the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers and are ready to be dominant forces. The Rockets came as a surprise to everyone when they signed Jeremy Lin and James Harden in the offseason. Two guys who were great role players, but played with superstars. The Clippers are known for their high flying dunkers, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and their incredible leader Chris Paul.
However, the Clippers may be without their great ball handler as he is considered a game time decision after bruising his knee in the Clippers game against the Orlando Magic. That seems to be the only significant injury news as Jeremy Lin stated he is ‘good to go’ for tonight’s game. The Rockets are not shooting too well from beyond the arc as of late and I think that will hurt them against this team who is very tough inside. I give the advantage to the Clippers who have been playing unbelievable this year. I give a lot of credit to how well the Rockets have done, but the Clippers have too many weapons. More importantly, Clippers or Rockets, who you takin?
It’s the battle of Los Angeles. These teams could not be at more different sides of the spectrum right now. The Clippers are the high flying team that ended 2012 with a 17 game winning streak. The Lakers are the veteran team that looks like it can’t keep up with the athletics of the NBA anymore. Even Kobe Bryant, the superstar of Los Angeles basketball, has said that his team is old and cannot keep up with this Clippers team. He even compared the Clippers to Lakers teams ran by Magic Johnson. Bryant said, “They’re very spectacular and they’re fun to watch. There’s no question about it. They have higher jumpers than ‘Showtime’ did, though.” He went on to say that the Clippers are expected to blow the Lakers out tonight.
Kobe did you forget which team you play for? Why are you hyping up your opponent when your team is the one who needs all the support they can get? Well if the Lakers don’t have any confidence in themselves, I guess neither will I. I was already picking the Clippers to win tonight, but now that it sounds like Kobe’s heart isn’t in it, I am even more confident with my pick. Lakers or Clippers, who runs Los Angeles? Who you takin?
After the tragedy in Newtown, CT, many Americans are coming out asking for stricter gun laws. While this has caused much dissension between people, some of our favorite stars have come out in a new PSA. DemandAPlan.Org gathered up celebrities to help spread their message asking President Obama to rid the streets of guns. In the commercial, a few of our favorite sports stars make an appearance including New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, New York Knicks guard Carmelo Anthony, and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul.
Victor Cruz has had the most attachment to the Newtown tragedy after hearing that one of the children, Jack Pinto, killed was buried in his jersey. It left the star speechless and it has made effort to visit the Pinto family and the survivors of the shooting. Maybe eliminating guns isn’t the answer. How about we all just try and be nicer to each other?
Since the Clippers continue to win, here is a cute moment between point guard Chris Paul and the team’s lucky charm, his son Chris Paul II. Little man’s basketball knowledge is pretty impressive. He did beat a seven time All-Star already! He is definitely going to be playing about twenty years. Blake Griffin just needs to have a son so we can see the children try to upstage the dads!
Last night at the Clippers-Celtics game, we saw little CP3 hanging out with his very own personal babysitter. The little cutie was spotted sitting on teen heartthrob Justin Bieber’s lap. The three year old looked like he was more interested in talking to the singer rather than watch his dad win his fifteenth game in a row. After the game, Chris Paul tweeted the Biebs telling him just how happy his son was to have hung out with the star. Justin started the tweeting telling Paul, “yo @CP3 your kid is the man!! haha. u killed ’em tonight. good seeing u.” Maybe Bieber can teach CP3 Jr. a few dance moves and he will become the next big thing! He may only be three years old, but it is never too early to get them started! On a side note, Chris Paul if you ever need a court side babysitter, I am great with children!