It looks like everybody is trying to play down comments suggesting every time the Lakers and Clippers face each other in the regular season, the fate of Los Angeles is on the line.
First, it was Kawhi Leonard who said a regular season game doesn’t count to say who is the ruler of L.A. and now Dwight Howard has done the same.
Leonard’s team won each of the first two meetings between the L.A.-based teams, prompting people to say Los Angeles is now a Clipperstown. However, Lakers big man Dwight Howard says his team is still confident they will win when it matters most, via Brett Dawson of The Athletic:
“We don’t want to allow a loss like this to have our confidence waver,” he would say later when a question was posed about the Lakers’ four-game losing streak. “We still got to believe. And I know for a fact I won’t (let it waver), and the guys we have in this locker room, we’re hungry for a championship. (The Clippers) probably won the war today, but we’re gonna win the battle.”
Hold up. Howard had inverted the adage, a reporter told him.
“I said it wrong? Battle, war, well, it don’t matter,” Howard said with a smile. “Y’all know what I meant to say. We gonna win when it counts.”
D12 found himself struggling against the Clips, racking up five personal fouls in just over 12 minutes of action. That situation helped the Clippers win the rebounding battle (50-12) and dominate the paint.
After a terrific start to the season, the Lakers don’t look like the unbeatable team of the first weeks of competition. The question now is if they will be able to handle these Clippers when they are at their peak.
Still, Howard and his teammates believe they have the key to defeat Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and co.