The NBA season is barely under way, and already there is talk of some statement games having taken place. Those are the games that match up two teams that possibly have implications for later playoff matchups or showcase two rival players battling for recognition as King of the Hill.
On Opening Night in L.A., the Clippers-Lakers “rivalry” started with the Lakers playing an inspired game and beating the “other LA team” that is poised to make a serious run at the title this season for the first time in two centuries. What does it mean? Are the Clippers going to disappoint again? Will the Lakers shock the world and make the playoffs?
The Miami Heat make a statement every time their bus pulls into an arena.