The Clippers have long been the humorous alternative to the Lakers, while the Nets – whether in New Jersey or their new home – have been the running joke alongside the New York Knicks.
Are things changing? Perhaps in Los Angeles, where the Clippers have rattled off 11 straight wins and the Lakers are floundering below .500. The Clippers are getting improved play from superstar point guard Chris Paul and reserve forward Lamar Odom after both got off to slow starts.
Riding the enthusiasm surrounding a new home, new lineup and sparkling new arena, the Nets bolted to an 11-4 start that included an overtime win over the Knicks, adding fuel to the rivalry.
But Brooklyn has lost eight of 10 since, and All-Star point guard Deron Williams has voiced his displeasure with coach Avery Johnson’s offense.
In the video below, I talk Clippers and Nets with Noah Coslov of Cinesport. I also provide this weekend’s most anticipated matchup. Click on the box to listen.