In what seems like a different lifetime now, the Lakers and Clippers were developing a nice little rivalry on the floor this season. The Clippers had gotten the better of their purple and gold-clad Staples Center co-tenants in the first two matchups, but in their (so far) penultimate game of the regular season, the Lakers managed to take a hard-fought win against Kawhi Leonard and Co.
Adding some chippiness to the matchup between the two teams is that both now possess a Morris twin on their roster, with the Clippers trading for Marcus at the deadline and the Lakers picking up Markieff off of the buyout market.
With no games to play currently, that competition between the two brothers and their teams can only take place verbally, and Marcus and Markieff were more than happy to oblige in a video they did for Bleacher Report.
Asked who would win in a game seven between the Lakers and Clippers, Marcus said that he would be “realistic,” and that the Clippers would win game seven in a blowout, leading Markieff to crack back “let me be realistic with mine, too. Lakers in four.”
You can watch the whole clip below:
After Marcus Morris says Clippers in 7 over the Lakers, Markieff Morris responds and says Lakers in 4 over the Clippers pic.twitter.com/b6rPxnhYRA— The Laker Files (@LakerFiles) May 23, 2020
As you can see, Markieff was smiling as he said this, so it may have just been a fun dig at his twin, but either way, this is the kind of stuff that this matchup needs. The Lakers and Clippers may not historically be rivals despite sharing a city, but little zings and exchanges like this can help lead to an organic friction on the floor.
There are obviously far more important things in the world right now, but not getting to see the answer to the question Markieff and Marcus both answered play out on the floor would be a huge bummer. Hopefully the NBA is actually able to take the necessary precautions, make things as safe as possible for everyone, and let us see who the best team in Los Angeles really is, once and for all.
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