Rivalries are where all the fun resides.
After being blown out on national television by the Los Angeles Clippers, Nick Young had this to say about his cross-town rivals:
Nick Young on LAC “They always play good during the year. Let’s see how it comes down in the postseason”
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 11, 2014
This is typical behavior in rivalries as emotions run high in games such as these. Not to say that Nick Young is wrong, we have no clue and unless Swaggy P is a psychic he doesn’t either, but at this moment he definitely isn’t in the right place to make a comment such as this. At this moment the Los Angeles Lakers are 14-23 and losers of their last four, nine of their last ten and just suffered their worst loss to the Clippers, 44 points, in the teams history.
You’d have to think that Young’s comment stemmed from the running up the score by Blake Griffin and the Clippers. Not really is it the running up the score as they aren’t the only team to blow someone out by a considerable margin this season, but it’s the Lob City ways. The Clippers don’t just beat you making sound, fundamental plays. They bomb threes, run the floor and have their two big men dunk all over you in an arrogant manner.
And like this:
Considering how often the Clippers players are involved in confrontation, you can point back to their style of play (and the lack of achievement that style has brought) as the sole reason why.
Ironically the last time the Clippers won a postseason series, Nick Young was apart of the roster, and had a huge hand in them defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
But this is typical rivalry behavior. In the end it won’t matter, but things like this keep the league refreshing and entertaining.
Oh, and Jared Dudley had a hilarious, quirky response to Young’s comment:
RT @DanWoikeSports: N.Young”They always play good, Let’s see how it comes down in the postseason”(hell have time to come check out a game)
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 11, 2014