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?
During last night’s game against the Utah Jazz, both Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade only played the first three quarters. Were they injured? No. They were actually benched. Two of the the Miami Heat’s ‘Big 3’ stars were benched for their poor performance in the game. The Heat look to be in a pretty bad funk, but can the defending NBA Champions bounce back?
Of course they can. There is absolutely no reason for this team to panic. One big advantage they have right now is that they play in the Eastern Conference which has significantly less talented teams than the Western Conference. If they were playing in the West, then they would be competing to stay afloat with the Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, and Grizzlies. However, this team is stocked with talent and they know what it takes to get to the Finals and walk away with the trophy. This team just needs to get through this month and stay at a winning pace until April when they start picking it up again. This team will make the playoffs and in my opinion will be playing in the Easter Conference finals.
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?
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!
In another attempt to own the world, the Kardashians have gotten their way. It was pretty obvious the family was not too thrilled when they found out former Los Angeles Laker, Lamar Odom, was being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. How could they possibly film their “reality” show while two key characters were hundreds of miles away? We all know just how awful that trade went for Lamar who put up the worst numbers in his career and was ultimately benched for the remainder of the season. Well the stars appear to magically be realigning for the Kardashian Klan who just got a huge paycheck for future seasons of the show that made them stars because Odom is back in Los Angeles. The Clippers have picked up the veteran and of course Kris Jenner is saying she had no part in it. Believe what you want, but the news is true. With Odom coming to the Clippers, LA sent Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. So what did the Mavericks, the team Odom is coming from get? Well, not much for a guy who won Sixth Man of the Year not too long ago. Dallas got cash, trade exception, and the draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic. The Rockets were also involved in the trade, they received the draft rights to Furkan Aldemir. What is the Kardashian secret to always getting what they want? It is almost scary just how calculating they are. Too bad, this news will still never be bigger than anything Kim and Kanye do on a daily basis.