Los Angeles Lakers: Jamario Moon

Lakers vs. Clippers: What to watch with ClipperBlog

March, 25, 2011
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
Andrew Bynum is back! Blake Griffin is in the house! What more could you want, Lakers fan?

Oh, right. A win.

Given the 2-1 series held by the two-time defending champs, plus the way both teams have been playing of late, a victory certainly feels like a reasonable wish. The Clips' 7-4 record in March is certainly solid, but as discussed in this week's edition of The Triangle, the Lakers have been nothing short of a freakin' juggernaut since the All-Star Break. "Juggernaut" should best "solid," all things being equal.

For local knowledge about tonight's neighborly opponent, we turned to Breene Murphy of ClipperBlog (True Hoop network). Here are a few items to keep an eye on once the ball is jumped.

K Bros: How have the additions of Mo Williams and Jamario Moon worked out. Conversely, has Baron been addition by subtraction (as I certainly felt would be the case) or has been missed in certain ways? Both, even?

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Mo Williams may not be quite passer Baron is, but he's a better fit for the team as a whole.

I’ll ignore Jamario, since he’ll come up later, and just keep this a simple Mo versus Baron argument. As much as Baron has been a lightning rod for criticism during his tenure with the Clippers, the sentiment on Baron’s departure hasn’t been as one-sided as you would suspect. There are still many that feel that Baron was/is better for the Clippers than Mo Williams.

Baron did a lot for this team. Even with his early season knee and weight issues, Baron came back to play his best basketball as a Clipper, finding his stardom as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s alley-oop muse. As it pertains to passing, I can’t imagine that Mo will ever surpass Baron.

But even if Baron continued along that path, a larger problem persisted. As much as I like Baron’s beard, he was no longer was no longer the face of the franchise. This team belongs to Blake and Eric Gordon. And yet, in pre-game introductions the Clippers continued to announce Baron last, as if he were a star.

Now? No question, the team belongs to Blake and Eric.

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Nick Young
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0