It's a stunning reversal of fortune if you pause and ponder.
Strange, strange days in L.A. as the two teams prepare to meet Thursday night.
The Lakers couldn't stop the
Sure enough, the team with 16
It would be easy for the Clippers to overlook the Lakers when they're atop the Pacific Division and fourth in the West while their counterparts have the conference's worst record (21-40).
They say that wouldn't happen.
That 20½-game lead the Clippers hold over the Lakers in the Pacific? Might as well be half a game, they say.
"That shows growth as a team, getting up for every game,"
"The Lakers, they beat Portland the other night, so I don't care what their record says, especially because we're playing in
Indeed the Clippers are just 17-15 on the road and indeed it is a designated road game for them.
The last time the Lakers were the home team, they throttled the Clippers, 116-103, in a regular-season opener way back in October.
Since then, the Lakers have been on a journey to nowhere with
Now they're considering another lineup change, possibly starting point guard
D'Antoni wouldn't commit either way after starting Marshall against New Orleans but inserting Farmar at the beginning of the second half.
"[Farmar] could start. We'll talk about it," D'Antoni said. "Whether he starts or not ... whoever plays well is going to finish the game."
Marshall hasn't scored in four of the Lakers' last five games but has continued to distribute the ball well. Farmar had 20 points and eight assists in 26 minutes against New Orleans.
Meanwhile, the Clippers (42-20) are in a three-way fight with Houston and Portland for third place in the West. Two of those teams figure to get home-court edge in the first round next month. One of them won't.
The Clippers smacked the Lakers the last time they met, 123-87, but that season opener is still on their mind.
"The blasted us the first game so there is no reason to overlook them,"