Ask the players and they'll tell you it's just another game. Don't believe them.
The Lakers and Clippers share the same city. They share the same court in the same arena. They share some of the same fans. So Wednesday's game at Staples Center has to be more than just another game for these guys. No matter what they say, it really is a battle for LA.
It's got to be about pride for the Lakers. They've owned this city for years, for decades. But there's no question things have changed since Chris Paul came to LA in the trade that wasn't (to the Lakers) followed by the trade that was (to the Clips).
The teams have played three times since then and the Clippers have won every one. Sure, two of them were preseason games; they don't count. But a few weeks ago at Staples, Paul dominated the Lakers, scoring 33 points in a 102-94 win. He showed how great he is. The guy is a true superstar.
Paul pulled his hamstring in that game and hasn't played since, though he's expected back for the re...