The Lakers Have Dominated Decent Teams but the Schedule Turns in December (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

If November is the “honeymoon” period of the NBA season, December is when basketball gets serious. That will certainly be the case for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, if their respective upcoming schedules are any indications. But of LA’s squads will be on the road for much of the month, leaving Staples Center quiet while two of its top tenants try to keep winning—and see what they’re really made of.

On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin dig back through the calendar every which way to determine how the Lakers and Clippers have done and where they’re going. With Frank Vogel winning Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November, our co-hosts consider how the Lakers coach’s early success has helped him avoid a hot seat while reminding skeptics of his tested chops in the top job.

Then, Eric and Josh get into the nitty gritty of how the LA Lakers and Clippers fared against their early schedules—and how our co-hosts preseason predictions are holding up so far (Hint: Both LA teams are outperforming expectations so far). Were these teams’ slates softer than expected? And how could the struggles of their opponents play into who the Lakers and Clippers really are?

The Hollywood Hoops crew also looks ahead to December for LA basketball—which is to say, a month without much hoops for the locals. What might we learn about these budding Western Conference powers as they leave the comfortable confines of Staples Center for less friendly climes?

Finally, Eric and Josh ponder the return of Carmelo Anthony before providing an update on the Pincus family’s latest on-court endeavors.

00:00 – Frank Vogel’s Early Success
16:01 – Lakers Schedule, Past and Future
31:35 – How the Clippers Are Winning
46:30 – Clippers in December, Melo and Pincus Hoops

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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