The Battle for L.A.
In the head-to-head battle for Los Angeles, the edge goes to the Clippers who have won both meetings with the Lakers. The two teams played at the start of the season and Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 30 points. LeBron James led the Lakers with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
In the second game, Leonard again was hot scoring 35 points and adding 12 rebounds in a 111-106 Clippers victory. James scored 23 points, dished out 10 assists, and had nine rebounds in a losing effort.
In the grand scheme of things though, the Lakers are winning the war. Los Angeles sits in first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. The Lakers have a 4.5-game lead over the Clippers who are currently third in the conference standings.
The NBA has been discussing implementing several changes as soon as next season. The proposed changes include the following:
Holding an in-season tournament.
Holding a play-in tournament before the postseason.
Reseeding the conference finalists in the playoffs.
The changes would affect the league’s schedule. Recently, the league decided to put these plans on hold and not hold a vote at the April owners’ meeting.