THIS WEEK’S BEST BETS:
THE GRAMMY ROAD TRIPS BEGIN:
LAKERS at PHOENIX, Wednesday at 6 p.m., TWC SportsNet
KINGS at ST. LOUIS, Thursday at 5 p.m., NBC Sports Net
CLIPPERS at NEW YORK, Friday at 4 p.m., Prime:
Wanna get away? Again?
It’s really sounding like a broken record — those who run Staples Center have blurred lines when it comes to deciding what takes precedent in its building. So what if the Lakers, Clippers and Kings fill all the dates between October and May. When Grammy season arrives, the sound you hear are from the planes taking all those teams as far away as possible. Even though the awards ceremony/circus isn’t until Sunday, Jan. 26, the place needs to be cleared out for dress-up rehearsals and possibly installing new hydraulic equipment for a special Justin Timberlake entrance.
This is the time when Katie Perry’s Roar drowns out Mike D’Antoni’s list of excuses about the latest injuries. When Eminem can be more Berzerk than Clipper Darrell after another Blake Griffin dunk. When Kendrick Lamar has more cred entering the building than Lamar Odom (is he retired yet?)
All this means is that while the Kings have a home game Monday, they’re gone for eight games through Jan. 30. They are 12-8-2 away from home this season so far.
The Lakers are at home Tuesday, then they’re out the door for seven in a row away, until Jan. 28. They’re 6-13 on the road.
The Clippers are home Wednesday, then they beat it for seven in a row on the road, until Jan. 29. They’re 9-10 away from home.
And all the while, Rhianna remains Unapologetic. Ask Matt Kemp about that one.
THE BEST OF THE REST: