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Does Lakers-Clippers matchup matter?

With the dynamics having changed, the question arises about the preseason

Updated: December 19, 2011, 8:23 AM ET
By ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Lakers and Clippers kick off their short exhibition season Monday night at Staples Center with the first of two games against each other before their Christmas Day openers.

With the Clippers' acquisition of Chris Paul last week, it has many fans wondering if Los Angeles' perpetual NBA stepchild is ready to become more than second fiddle in this town.

So with all the attention on L.A.'s two teams, one might think these games might mean a little more than usual or even actually matter.

Two ...

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