Clippers Continue To Trash Talk Lakers, LeBron James
The LA Clippers continued to trash talk the LA Lakers and LeBron James one day after their big opening night victory.
On Tuesday evening, the Battle of Los Angeles took place between Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers and James’ Lakers.
Ultimately, the Leonard’s group earned a 112-102 victory at Staples Center and cemented themselves as the early-season best team in the NBA.
Leonard finished with 30 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
James ended the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
After the game, Clippers defensive stalwart Patrick Beverley told the media that TV programs too often show highlights after James’ losses. Instead, he asked the media to show to show the opponents that beat him.
“The defensive specialist sat by himself and spoke out loud about how TV programs routinely show highlights of James in defeats, without discussing in depth the opponent that beat him,” wrote Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
“He challenged the media to report the facts instead of showing crossover highlights of one of the game’s best.”
James, on the other hand, tried to minimize what transpired on Tuesday night.
“I disagree on how big of a test it was,” he said.
“It’s the first game. Obviously the NBA is back, and that’s what everyone is trying to [start], the narrative of a rivalry game and a huge test.
“Both teams are not who they want to be.
“It’s not a rivalry. We’re trying to get better every single day on how we can be as great as we can be.”
Needless to say, regardless of what James says, this is a rivalry – and it will be a fun one to watch all year long.
Next up for the 0-1 Lakers – the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the 1-0 Clippers will face off against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.