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NBA news: Dwight Howard, David Lee fuel Lakers-Warriors rivalry

This is what we like to see — two West Coast teams locked in as their seasons come to a close with the intent of destroying one another on the basketball court.

Given the events surrounding Monday’s contest and the altercation between All-Stars David Lee and Dwight Howard that resulted in a technical foul for the latter, things are shaping up to become a rivalry that any NBA fan can embrace. Lee caught Howard with an elbow while on offense that hit him square in the mouth and bloodied his face. And of course, Lee swears it was unintentional, while Lee believes there was an element of malice involved.

The Lakers with all of their drama were essentially run off the court in the Bay Area, but that doesn’t mean that things weren’t interesting throughout the entire night. 

As is customary in the land of basketball hyperbole known as Los Angeles, the Lakers displayed their typical flair for the dramatic, spearheaded by Howard.

“He got away with a shot,” Howard told Yahoo Sports “I will remember this game. I will remember that shot. He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later.”

Obviously, the sting of losing may have a little bit to do with it, but no one likes to get hit in the mouth, both literally and figuratively, like the Lakers did. Nevertheless, this figures to get very interesting when we see exactly how Howard plans to take care of it when the two teams square off for the final time this season on April 12 at Staples Center. That game also figures to have major playoff implications as each team is in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff race.

Let this serve as a reminder to our friends on the East Coast that there are actual rivalries that matter and are actually worth staying up for, unlike the snooze-fest that has become the New York-Boston rivalry in recent games.

Stay tuned to this one — the next Lakers vs. Warriors game could look like a Game 7. If that’s the case, then it will deserve everyone’s attention.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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