Quickly and decisively, the Clippers point out that there isn't a rivalry between them and the Lakers.
"Honestly, I don't think it is one," center DeAndre Jordan said. "But I'm not worried about any other team. I don't care about them. I respect them as a team and as players. Once we step in between that line, I could care less about any accomplishments they have."
And just as quickly and decisively, the Clippers maintain that they plan to stand their ground when they meet the Lakers on Wednesday night in the Clippers' designated home game at Staples Center.
"We're not going to back down to anybody," Jordan said. "We're going to stand up to the challenge. It's going to be a physical game. It's going to be some talking in the game. We're not going to back down to anybody, whether it's the worst team in the league or the best team in the league. That's how we are going to get better."
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