Clippers’ upcoming regular-season title games vs. Lakers revealed

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 3: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts after blocking a dunk attempt by Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter of the game at Target Center on November 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 126-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 3: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts after blocking a dunk attempt by Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter of the game at Target Center on November 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 126-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /
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Every season the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers square off four times and to be fair, the Clippers have dominated the matchup in recent years. Steve Ballmer’s team has won seven games in a row against the purple and gold and since LeBron James came to LA, the Lakers are just 4-11 against the Clippers.

These matchups are big deals for Clippers fans. While the Lakers have bigger rivals that they care about more than the Clippers, it is nice for the little brothers of Los Angeles to get a win over their big brother. The Clippers are the Angels, the Lakers are the Dodgers.

In fact, this is about all that Clippers fans have to hold onto over Lakers fans. Despite the Lake Show having the better all-time record, Clippers fans take these games very seriously so they can smack talk Lakers fans online. These games are like NBA Finals games for most Clippers fans, and in their minds, they are seven-time defending champions.

Those same fans should now be circling their calendars with extra-red permanent marker, as the Clippers’ four regular-season title games have been revealed.

The first matchup on October 20 is the most notable as it could be the first time that LeBron James and Anthony Davis play Paul George and Kawhi Leonard since December of 2020. However, knowing those stars involved, there will probably be one player that is banged up or is sitting out.

The Los Angeles Lakers will struggle in these games if they don’t dump off Russell Westbrook.

Clippers fans can probably start ordering their regular-season banners early this season as the chances of the Lakers taking the season series against the Clippers are small if Russell Westbrook is still in town.

This roster is not constructed to make a deep run in the playoffs and a healthy Clippers team is a playoff team. If this is the same roster that heads into the season then the Lakers could very well see that losing streak extend past seven games.

At the end of the day, though, these games in particular do not matter much to the purple and gold. All that matters in the grand scheme of things is the team getting right and making a run in the playoffs. The Lakers are concerned with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, not this regular-season series against their cross-hall rivals.

The Clippers can have their seven wins and recent dominance. Lake Show fans are more than happy to instead have a recent championship, or just a championship in general, or even just a trip to the Finals in general. All things the Clippers have never had in their 51-year franchise history.