The NBA's Pacific Division is more confusing than a World Peace postgame interview.
In the summer, it seemed like it was again the Lakers' division to lose. Adding a two-time MVP and the best center in the league (sorry Shaq) to a team that already featured guys named Kobe & Pau will do that for you. Despite the names on the roster, LAL has all but lost the division already.
A month into the season it looked like it may actually be the young Golden State Warriors who ran the division. They played the best combination of offense and defense, especially considering that they went on a tough 7-game eastcoast road trip and only lost only one game. It's a guard's league and they may just have the best backcourt today with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jarrett Jack.
Then December hit.
The Los Angeles Clippers, after losing four straight to end November, didn't lose an entire game out of 16 the next month (17 straight overall). But none of those games were facing contenders with a similar record as them. Nevertheless, the Clips now sit atop the division at a gaudy 25-8. It's always a good thing to have single digit losses after New Year's. The only problem? That 8th loss happened last night at Golden State, who are now an impressive 22-10.
The Clippers, who have now lost two straight since their win streak, are win-less against the Warriors this year after two meetings.
The 15-16 Lakers, on the other hand, won both games vs. those same Warriors this year.
So the Lakers are better than Clippers then? Hardly.
The 'Lake Show' got demolished by the "Clip" Show back in the Mike Brown era (opening week).
This weekend may offer some more clarity, with the Clippers facing the Lakers Friday and Warriors (again) on Sunday.
Then again, it may just get even more confusing.