To be sure, they haven't really been tested yet in two regular-season games. But the Lakers looked remarkably good tonight against the Clippers. I am subject to the ongoing hope that the Clippers will be respectable, and there's a chance they will be this year, with Baron Davis at the point and some other acquisitions. But the Lakers just pounded them tonight, 117-79, and Kobe didn't even play in the fourth quarter. The story is team defense and defensive intensity, and the second unit, with Jordan Farmar, Trevor Ariza (two UCLA boys), and Lamar Odom bringing extra speed and skill. Even Chris Mihm, who's had injury issues, got some time and 10 points. Seven players in double figures.
As for the Clips, in addition to Baron, I expect Al Thornton and Thomas to have good years. But after the first quarter tonight, the Lakers were just too good.