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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dave McMenamin: Los Angeles Lakers learn lesson from Los Angeles Clippers

I don't blame you if you opened up this story, glossed over the headline and assumed you were reading about another Lakers win over the Clippers, the same way Derek Zoolander went on autopilot and approached the stage when Hansel was announced as male model of the year.

The Clippers were supposed to show up to work Wednesday for their "home" game against the Lakers, see as many yellow and purple shirts in the stands as red and blue ones, and lose.

That's just what happens when the Clippers play the Lakers. It had happened the previous nine times the teams had matched up, and it had happened 137 out of the 182 meetings in the history of the two franchises.

Tom's not supposed to catch Jerry.

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