LOS ANGELES It's not about the Lakers anymore. There might still be a rivalry a battle to stake a claim to LA but the Clippers look at themselves from a different angle, a different standard.
They beat the Lakers 107-102 Friday night at Staples Center and ended a two-game losing streak. The fact it was their co-tenant they beat seemed less important than proving they could shake the malaise that kept them winless in the new year.
"Right now, we're focused on being one of the best teams in the league, not just the city," Lamar Odom said. "The focus can't be just to be better than one team. That's a small way of thinking. We're trying to be great."
It's a worthy goal for a team that has the second-best record in the NBA and leads the Lakers by 10 games in the Pacific Division. And while Lakers fans point to all those championship banners draped along the wall at Staples, the Clippers at least can appreciate the fact they're finally a credible opponent.
So no, they don't mind th...