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Dave Murphy —  December 28, 2012

We all knew this could happen someday. We might have scoffed at the notion or pointed out the vast historical disparity. And some of us will still reason that it’s early, that fortunes can change, that win streaks and loss streaks and injuries and numerous other basketball reasons can influence the long grind to the finish line. What we can’t argue however is the simple purity of numbers – the Los Angeles Clippers have the best record in the NBA and are riding a 15-game winning streak. Ball don’t lie, folks.

As for the Lakers? The bumpy road continues, from news of Pau Gasol’s plantar fasciitis to questions about Dwight Howard’s will to win. None of us really knows what the future holds of course, except there will likely be a lot more questions and speculation before this thing is done. Unless we somehow win another ring of course – and then life will be truly bitchin’ and we will have fooled Father Time, once again.

In another of his great Beast or Burden posts, Ben Rosales at Silver Screen and Roll looks at Kobe, Nash and D-12.

Brett Pollakoff at ProBasketballTalk reports on Dwight Howard’s fine for the flagrant two on Kenneth Faried.

Eric Pincus for the L.A. Times previews tonight’s match-up against the Portland Trailblazers at Staples Center.

Arash Markazi at ESPN’s Lakers Index brings us Charles Barkley’s assessment of the Lakers’ chances (if you want the cliff notes, “old, slow and (unathletic”).

There’s been a lot of chatter about the possibility of Phil Jackson filling the new Nets vacancy. Matt Moore at CBS Eye on Basketball says it would make more sense to go with B-Shaw.

In the wake of the loss to Denver, Jabari Davis at Lakers Nation looks at the positives.

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Tonight’s game against the visiting Trailblazers looms large. Portland’s a game ahead of the Lakers in the standings and they’d like to keep it that way. Meanwhile, the league leading Clippers will be up in Utah, looking to extend their streak. If I’m betting, I’d look for the Lakers to be fired up for a Friday night home game, with Steve Nash setting lots of screens and helping to orchestrate a win. I’d also bet on another Clippers win which would keep them nine games ahead of their cross-hallway rivals. The season wasn’t supposed to go like this, was it?

Dave Murphy

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