Blake Griffin stated prior to the season that the Los Angeles Clipper alias of Lob City doesn’t exist anymore, he was correct — it’s a Lobtropolis that surfaced from the San Andreas Fault line. Saving the Skyhook’s own, Jack Maloney, showed us how Griffin squashed his own attempt to change the team’s identity. If you missed it, or are not the type to click links, here’s your shortcut.
Griffin is going to be worth the price of admission to anyone catching the Los Angeles Clippers, live, this season.
— Patrick Fenelon (@Patrick_Fenelon) November 1, 2013
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) November 1, 2013
Today is a new day and the Sacramento Kings would be happy to humble “Lobtropolis”, their chance is tonight at 10:00PM (EST). It’s the third and second game of the season for the Kings and ‘Clips, respectively — crazier things have, and will, continue happening throughout the season.
The Clippers opened the season with a ‘road game’ against the Kobe-less Lakers, who stunned everyone including the home crowd by defeating the favorite to win the Western Conference 116-103. The team proceeded up the coast and took Oracle Arena by storm behind a 42 point performance by Chris Paul, which was remarkably dwarfed by Griffin’s, somewhat, usual highlight reel. They head to Sactown to finish the in-state road trip on a back-to-back, their first of the season.
Staples Center played host to the final preseason game for both clubs. Led by Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento scored 37 in the second quarter and withstood a late rally from the Clippers bench — defeating identity-less Los Angeles, 110-100.
David Stern was in attendance for the Kings’ home opener, and victory, against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets’ Randy Foye missed a contested 22 foot jumper from the corner and the packed Sleep Train Arena roared — their team was back.
“I’m a third-generation Sacramentan, and you don’t like somebody taking something from you,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on the city retaining it’s NBA Franchise.
Inspired play from the bench compensated for the scoring offseason acquisition Greivis Vasquez wasn’t providing. However to his credit, the Venezuelan guard did have 12 assists. Thomas scored 27, including 8 of the teams final 15 points last friday, and despite being talented enough to start at point guard, Kings Head Coach Michael Malone started him on the bench. Malone is a defensive minded coach and starting the 5-foot 9-inch guard probably isn’t something he’s thrilled about, but Thomas said the right things to the media yesterday.
“We’re working for something different,” guard Isaiah Thomas said. “We’re trying to be a defensive team.”