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(Yahoo)   LA Clippers go into NBA All-Star break in style, slaughter Lakers on national TV, clinch season series for first time in 20 years, and goad Kobe Bryant into frustration technical foul   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 25
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2013-02-15 10:50:09 AM
Somebody needs to tell Slowbe that he isn't going to get those star foul calls any longer.  I've noticed that Kobe and Pau always screech when they touch the ball as if anticipating a whistle no matter what.  Its really annoying.
 
2013-02-15 10:50:53 AM
Yeah but what is Tim Tebow doing?

/good team beats bad team...yawn who cares?
//oh Lakers? Greenlight greenlight greenlight!
 
2013-02-15 10:50:56 AM
A friend of mine got me to join his fantasy basketball league, with the hope that I'd get into basketball a bit. While I still hardly pay any attention to my team, I do try to watch games every once in a while. Given the hype that Thunder/Heat had, and the fact that the Battle of Los Angeles was on after, I tuned in.

Turned the first game off after the first quarter. Checked in on the second game, it happened to be in the 2nd quarter. Thought "And this is why I don't bother watching pro basketball" and watched Archer instead.

/great Archer ep
//if you condensed all the talent in the NBA into 8 teams, it might be interesting
///when one "superteam" and slaughter another "superteam", I just don't see the point
 
2013-02-15 10:52:02 AM
Seems like there is finally a cold day in hell. If the Clippers win the NBA Finals, hell will freeze over.
 
2013-02-15 10:53:12 AM

js34603: Yeah but what is Tim Tebow doing?

/good team beats bad team...yawn who cares?
//oh Lakers? Greenlight greenlight greenlight!


Never underestimate the power of schadenfreude.
 
2013-02-15 10:54:38 AM
Lakers get all the calls. Refs are in their pocket.
 
2013-02-15 11:03:43 AM

justtray: Lakers get all the calls. Refs are in their David Stern's pocket.


FTFY
 
2013-02-15 11:09:01 AM

grinding_journalist: A friend of mine got me to join his fantasy basketball league, with the hope that I'd get into basketball a bit. While I still hardly pay any attention to my team, I do try to watch games every once in a while. Given the hype that Thunder/Heat had, and the fact that the Battle of Los Angeles was on after, I tuned in.

Turned the first game off after the first quarter. Checked in on the second game, it happened to be in the 2nd quarter. Thought "And this is why I don't bother watching pro basketball" and watched Archer instead.

/great Archer ep
//if you condensed all the talent in the NBA into 8 teams, it might be interesting
///when one "superteam" and slaughter another "superteam", I just don't see the point


Wow, what a surprise that some games are blow-outs, others are not.  This never happens in sports.
 
2013-02-15 11:25:17 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Wow, what a surprise that some games are blow-outs, others are not. This never happens in sports.


I'm not denying that it does- it's just that in two games between marquee opponents, I expected a little bit more.

I feel like in the NFL (and looking at the week-to-week scores of this past season) that blowouts are infrequent at best in "big games"; rarely (and I count only two, really) where you'd be inclined to turn off the game before the 4th quarter.

I get that the scoring is different, the play is different, and a big run can completely change the character of a game, but given how they were playing, it was pretty clear to me that it wasn't worth watching either. When the highlight of the quarter is watching Durant fall on his hip from 6 feet up in the air, I'm not inclined to stick around.

I'm trying to like basketball, I really am. I just don't see much to keep me interested.
 
2013-02-15 11:37:16 AM

grinding_journalist: I feel like in the NFL (and looking at the week-to-week scores of this past season) that blowouts are infrequent at best in "big games"; rarely (and I count only two, really) where you'd be inclined to turn off the game before the 4th quarter.


If you only looked at the final score you'd think the Heat-Thunder game was relatively close too.   You've got to see the flow of the game to know if that 27-20 NFL game was a nailbiter or a game where the losing team scrambled back from 27-6 in the second half of the 4th quarter.  I guess it's a little harder for an NFL game to get totally out of hand because a single long interception/fumble return can be such a huge swing that leads don't feel quite as safe, but there've been a lot of NFL games that are done by halftime too.
 
2013-02-15 11:40:26 AM

you have pee hands: but there've been a lot of NFL games that are done by halftime too.


Oh, absolutely. I'm only talking about the much-hyped marquee games between perennial contenders. Even in the week 1 Steelers/Broncos game that ended 31-17, it was 14-13 entering the 4th quarter. With only a couple exceptions, all of the others were one or two score games.
 
2013-02-15 12:54:29 PM
I had to laugh at how Chris Paul had to qualify the treatment they took at the hands of the Clippers by referring to the playoffs. At this rate, the Lakers won't be in the playoffs this year, and will be sitting in their McMansions watching the Clippers play in the playoffs in the spot the Lakers were used to playing in.
 
2013-02-15 01:13:33 PM
The Lakers' inability to get Chris Paul is going to hurt them for awhile.  The next few years is going to be about how Kobe is slowing down, needs to stop being a ball hog, and wonder if he needs to retire or be traded.

Mike Brown got out easy earlier this season.
 
2013-02-15 01:50:02 PM
That's funny. Last week when the Raptors smashed the Clippers, it had nothing to with the skill of the winners. It was all about the top LA guys sitting out, the injuries, the Raptors suck, w/e.

This week, the article is all about the dick swinging Clips. Where's the dismissive commentary? You didn't win much against the lame Lakers, right?
 
2013-02-15 01:56:03 PM

grinding_journalist: I'm only talking about the much-hyped marquee games between perennial contenders


It's only a "marquee" matchup because everyone in sports media had the Lakers penciled in as a genuine contender before the season started, and they're still trying to convince themselves that they are.  If you've been paying attention all year, it's been very clear that the Lakers are a sub-par team at best, and in the strong Western Conference, they really don't hold a candle to the better teams (OKC, SA, LAC) and most likely will miss the playoffs.

Don't believe the hype.
 
2013-02-15 02:06:40 PM
The best part is the Lakers are turning into the Knicks of the Western Conference with Jim Buss at the helm. Until they get rid of little Jimmy (unlikely), the Lakers will never contend again. Mitch Kupchiak was the architect behind the '09 and '10 teams and you can't underestimate Phil Jackson's coaching. Sure, Jim Buss discovered Andrew Bynum - but Bynum was a bust until Jackson molded him into one of the league's best centers.
 
2013-02-15 02:10:40 PM
Its weird, but the more the Clippers win, the more i think they're pretenders.   All they're doing is setting themselves up for a greater disappointment down the line.
 
2013-02-15 02:13:59 PM

velvet_fog: The best part is the Lakers are turning into the Knicks of the Western Conference with Jim Buss at the helm. Until they get rid of little Jimmy (unlikely), the Lakers will never contend again. Mitch Kupchiak was the architect behind the '09 and '10 teams and you can't underestimate Phil Jackson's coaching. Sure, Jim Buss discovered Andrew Bynum - but Bynum was a bust until Jackson molded him into one of the league's best centers.


I'd say he has the potential to be one of the league's best centers.  He's always been hampered by his body breaking down, and his inability to control his emotions on the court.  At this point, I really doubt he'll ever develop into the dominant big man that he showed flashes of during the Lakers last title run.

T.rex: Its weird, but the more the Clippers win, the more i think they're pretenders.   All they're doing is setting themselves up for a greater disappointment down the line.


They seem like a regular-season team.  When the game totally changes like it always does during the playoffs, I don't see them being able to hang.
 
2013-02-15 03:00:52 PM

wakizashi: Somebody needs to tell Slowbe that he isn't going to get those star foul calls any longer.  I've noticed that Kobe and Pau always screech when they touch the ball as if anticipating a whistle no matter what.  Its really annoying.


The Clippers are actually worse at this than the Lakers.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED that Steve Nash and Steve Blake have trouble defending Paul, Billups, and Bledsoe.
 
2013-02-15 03:01:12 PM

grinding_journalist: you have pee hands: but there've been a lot of NFL games that are done by halftime too.

Oh, absolutely. I'm only talking about the much-hyped marquee games between perennial contenders. Even in the week 1 Steelers/Broncos game that ended 31-17, it was 14-13 entering the 4th quarter. With only a couple exceptions, all of the others were one or two score games.


Football is closer to soccer, where a score earlier in the game can be the decision in the game.  Scoring happens so relatively infrequently that there is often an impending threat of a closer game (interception, etc.), while basketball relies much more of a flow, since there's constant scoring.  You can have a team knock out another one (up by 15) but still need to maintain that lead against a sudden movement.  Teams often go on runs, answering back and forth.

This leads to that canard about how only the last few minutes of a basketball game are worth watching.  Not really.  A lot of what comes before predicates the ending; yes, a game may be over for a while, the will for a comeback is gone, etc., but that comes within a much larger flow (players running up and down, players attempting various moves or teams various plays, to be stymied or not).

Last night's games were unfortunate and disappointing.  The Lakers are pretty bad, and getting killed by the Clippers is hardly a surprise.  The Thunder getting killed by the Heat was very much a surprise.  Both games were stinkers.

Basketball is predicated on long sequences of events, which is remarkable in the way the game often deals with improvisation.  But that's why there are 82 games in a season and playoff series are 7 games.  Football can feel more momentous because there are fewer games and the playoffs are sudden death (the NCAA Tournament gains excitement by being sudden death as well).  I think they're both enjoyable, but are watched in different ways.
 
2013-02-15 03:59:10 PM

T.rex: Its weird, but the more the Clippers win, the more i think they're pretenders.   All they're doing is setting themselves up for a greater disappointment down the line.


I see you understand what it means to be a Clipper.
 
2013-02-15 07:22:57 PM

grinding_journalist: A friend of mine got me to join his fantasy basketball league, with the hope that I'd get into basketball a bit. While I still hardly pay any attention to my team, I do try to watch games every once in a while. Given the hype that Thunder/Heat had, and the fact that the Battle of Los Angeles was on after, I tuned in.

Turned the first game off after the first quarter. Checked in on the second game, it happened to be in the 2nd quarter. Thought "And this is why I don't bother watching pro basketball" and watched Archer instead.

/great Archer ep
//if you condensed all the talent in the NBA into 8 teams, it might be interesting
///when one "superteam" and slaughter another "superteam", I just don't see the point


You only caught the second quarter of the Clippers game and turned it off? That was the one quarter where the Lakers actually showed up and pulled to within 3. It's cool if you're not a basketball fan, but you really have no business posting in a basketball thread if all you have to offer is how much you enjoyed Archer.
 
2013-02-15 07:47:51 PM

LessO2: The Lakers' inability to get Chris Paul is going to hurt them for awhile.  The next few years is going to be about how Kobe is slowing down, needs to stop being a ball hog, and wonder if he needs to retire or be traded.

Mike Brown got out easy earlier this season.


It wasn't so much that the Lakers couldn't get CP3, but rather they had a deal hammered out before Commissioner Stern stepped in and vetoed it. Stern created the Clippers team you see dominating now. I think Stern should write up WWE plotlines when he retires.
 
2013-02-16 01:17:18 AM
Do the Clippers get to hang a banner for this triumph?
 
2013-02-18 09:44:12 AM

grinding_journalist: it was pretty clear to me that it wasn't worth watching either.


That's only if you define watching sports by "both teams have a chance to win."

It's entirely possible to simply enjoy watching excellence. The Heat-Thunder game had the two best players in the world going at it and they scored 40 and 39. It was a pretty entertaining game.

/then again, I also like watching the Thunder lose
 
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