The Los Angeles Lakers play… checks notes… the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
This is the series we have been waiting all season for! The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals to determine who the better team in LA is once and for all.
Wait… scratch that. The Los Angeles Clippers actually blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets, who just a few weeks ago, were one game away from being eliminated by the Utah Jazz. Ouch.
You can’t tell everyone that you’re the best dancer but not even show up to the dance floor — c’mon Clippers!
All season long there has been chatter about the Lakers and Clippers facing off in the Western Conference Finals. Clipper fans have treated their team like the dominant team in LA despite never getting out of the second round. Remember when they beat the Lakers on opening night?
No? Here is what people were saying then:
To poke fun at our LA counterparts, we decided to pull up the beautiful receipts of fans saying that this was the Clippers’ time and not the Lakers. And no, they won’t all be as old as Mr. Perkins’ up there, we wanted to make sure that we admired some relevant pieces of art.
Freezing cold takes exposed: The Los Angeles Clippers being better than the Los Angeles Lakers
Before we get into the examples, a quick shoutout to the Twitter account @OldTakesExposed. They gave us the inspiration for this article and their content is hilarious.
Skip Bayless has sad too many ridiculous things to count. Just recently, he was talking about how the Lakers should be worried about the Clippers being up 3-1 against the Nuggets. Worried about what? Getting too much golf in while the Clippers blew a three-point lead?
Horrifying, eh? That’s interesting.
Our friends over at Clipperholics, our FanSided sister site, are not safe from their freezing cold takes being exposed, either. Five months ago Danny Green claimed that the Clippers better hope they don’t run into the Lakers in the playoffs (which they didn’t). Clipperholics took exception to that, saying that the Lakers better hope they don’t run into the Clippers.
They didn’t. Perhaps the Lakers were not scared after all.
What makes it even more interesting is that the Lakers had the harder playoff path! They had to play the hottest team in the bubble not named the Phoenix Suns and the hardest team to gameplan against in the Houston Rockets.
They lost a combined two games in those series and thoroughly outplayed both teams in the other eight games. Other than the two ugly Game 1s, the Lakers, quite literally, dominated the Blazers and Rockets.
The Clippers had the easy path! Clipper fans knew it!
Joey is one of the smartest basketball minds I have ever encountered, but you can’t keep saying you’re going to dunk on someone after the Clippers beat the Lakers and not expect to get dunked on in return.
At the end of the day, it is all just fun banter. Fans are going to talk their smack and if the Lakers would have lost in the second round then I would have expected all of our receipts to be pulled. Trust me, they would have been, Clipper fans were saving them.
But at the end of the day, they didn’t lose. They won and at least made it to the dance floor. The true focus is on the Denver Nuggets, but we can still poke some fun at our basketball peers over something that is really inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
Maybe next year, Clipper fans. As for the Los Angeles Lakers, we’re locked on this year.