The Second Time Around

The Golden State Warriors take home a 129-127 win against the LA Clippers, knocking the LA-based team from their 4th place spot in the Western Conference

Disclaimer: If you’re offended by gifs…I’m sorry (I’m not sorry) 

In a league inundated by the “Lebron effect” it’s easy to understand why a lot of the major sports headlines highlight the LA Lakers more so than any other team in the NBA.

With a 19-13 record it goes without saying that the Lakers have been holding it down for the city of  Los Angeles this season. Ranker recently polled 126K participants to determine the most popular NBA team and naturally the Lakers reigned supreme. 

With a team of powerful brands ranging from Lebron James and his accompanying legion of fans to Lonzo Ball and his incredible social media presence, it’s easy to see how the Lakers have garnered the amount of press that it has. 

Funny story though- the LA Clippers also earned a 19-13 record this season and, prior to tonight’s game, were in 4th place in the Western Conference.

And while the team isn’t equipped with quite the same star power as the Lakers, the LA Clippers have undoubtedly been holding their own this season. Standout players like Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari, and rising Power Forward, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, have made the team one to watch. 

For those of you who’ve been following the Clippers this season then you may have made it a point to catch tonight’s matchup against the Warriors. And if that’s the case then you witnessed the brilliance that is…the “Revenge Win”. 

True to form, Steph Curry gave an incredible performance tonight, which ultimately led to the Warrior’s walking away with a win. The team suffered a total of 6 losses, including the 121-116 loss against the Clippers, during Curry’s 11 game hiatus after suffering a groin injury. Needless to say Curry’s teammates welcomed him back with open arms when he was ready to return. 

Steph Curry and the equally talented Kevin Durant seemed to go back and forth between who would play the role of Most Valuable Player for the night. Curry earned a total of 42 points and 6 rebounds with Durant following up with 35 points and 12 rebounds.

Draymond Green and Klay Thompson also added value throughout the game with Green earning 14 points and 4 rebounds and Thompson contributing 12 points to the team’s overall score.

The Clippers and the Warriors were relentless in their battle for dominance so much so that they spent most of tonight’s game in a tie. By halftime the score sat at 71-67, and at that point the win could go to either team.

By 4th quarter the Warriors had gained a notable lead in points, but just when you thought Golden State had the game on lock the Clippers would earn another 2-3 points, and just like that the tides would change.

Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors brought the game to a close with a redeeming 129-127 win.

But what does this somewhat expected loss mean for the LA Clippers?

If the Clippers have what it takes to go head-to-head with a team as strong as the Warriors then they have what it takes to one day dominate the Western Conference. It may require a bit more work on team strategy, but the opportunity definitely exists.

Only time will tell, but I’ll definitely be watching to see how the rest of the season plays out for the Clippers. Will you?