Paul George believes Clippers-Lakers could be 2020’s Western Conference Finals
LeBron James got some much needed help when the team acquired a second superstar in Anthony Davis, while the Lakers also signed several battle-tested veterans to strengthen their title aspirations. The Clippers, meanwhile, got two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to bolster an already formidable team.
The two Western Conference juggernauts faced off for the second time this year, headlining a stacked NBA Christmas Day schedule. The Clippers got the better of their crosstown rivals for the second straight game, completing a mighty 111-105 victory after being down as much as 15 points in the first half.
Speaking post-game, George talked about the gravity of the rivalry dubbed as “The Battle of LA” and his belief that the two powerhouse teams will likely meet each other once more in the Western Conference Finals in 2020.
“It’s two for two in terms of intensity. I think it doesn’t get any better than this, this match up, a fun match up. I think this is what it’s going to come down to at the end of the day,” George said.
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Leonard led the charge for the Clippers with 35 points (Christmas Day franchise scoring record) and 12 boards, while George added 17 points, five boards and three dimes in 37 minutes.
Barring a meltdown from other side, a WCF match-up is a possibility, given the Lakers currently holding the number one seed in the West at 24-7, while the Clips are at third place at 23-10.
The Lakers, meanwhile, still have two chances to get back at the Clippers next year as they will face on January 29 and March 9.