Talk about two different teams.
The Memphis Grizzlies are about as anti-L.A. as they come. The Lakers, of course, represent the flash and bright lights of Los Angeles. Over the course of NBA history, the Lakers are clearly one of the all-time great franchises. But they haven't made the playoffs in four seasons now, and the Grizzlies have. They haven't won more than 27 games in a season over that stretch- the Grizzlies, of course, have.
No one would ever say that Memphis is a better team historically than the L.A. Lakers. But in recent history, the Grizzlies are more synonymous with winning and success than the Lakers are. That continues, at least for this season, and likely will be reflected in the product both teams put on the floor today.
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