LeBron James shares Christmas-like excitement for Tuesday's opener

LeBron James shares Christmas-like excitement for Tuesday's opener

Leonard took to the mic to welcome Clippers fans to the game.

The problem is, Howard looked completely bereft of that explosiveness in the season opener, and while all of the circumstances surrounding his debut have already been mentioned, I'm not sure his ceiling is much higher than what we just saw.

The Clippers and the Lakers face each other at Staples Center in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, October 22.

Landry Shamet knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 12-point lead - their biggest of the game - with just under four minutes remaining in the frame before the Lakers made their run.

A third posted: "That LeBron fadeaway on Kawhi was so filthy". But that's the beauty of Kawhi's decision: He didn't take the easy way out.

Davis' arrival will not solve every issue, as the Lakers remain somewhat unbalanced-Rajon Rondo is arguably the second-best ball handler among Los Angeles perimeter player-and have sacrificed most of their young core in the Davis trade.

All local basketball fans this season will benefit from having two of the league's top teams play in downtown Los Angeles. The Clippers reminded the Lakers that the Staples Center is not located in Vegas. What better way to jolt a city into delivering notice and respect?

Before the game, Gentry said losing a star player doesn't always hurt a team's fortunes. The Clippers also have the more competent front office so if management feels like the current construction is missing something, I trust that Jerry West can be the guy to bring in someone to elevate the Clippers. Even without George, there is plenty of help to go around.

Jordan spoke about Curry after saying he would choose Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon and James Worthy for a pick-up game if he could choose any former or current players. 5 rebounds and 7 assists off the bench as part of a 60-19 Clippers advantage in bench points. "First quarter it definitely felt like a playoff game". Williams outscored the Lakers reserves by himself. "I would do it all over". On Tuesday night, the regular season opened up with the defending world champion Toronto Raptors receiving their rings and hanging the championship banner before taking on the New Orleans Pelicans.

The one bright spot for the Lakers was newcomer Danny Green who scored 28 points by hitting 10 of his 14 field-goal attempts, including seven of nine from beyond the arc.

Then there was Donald Sterling, and rooting for the squad when the unsavory figure owned the team required some sort of weird sports variation on Stockholm Syndrome.

Leonard chose the Clippers, after winning the title with the Toronto Raptors last season, because he wanted to come home and his family was on hand.

Davis added: "They had over 50 points off the bench". And with Davis, obviously.

And now, we present the latest in Kawhi memes: The "Hey, hey, hey!"

"I have to start lifting more weights so I can carry it around", VanVleet said of his ring. "We thought we had a chance".

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