The Los Angeles Clippers appear to have absolutely no interest in playing defense. This is happening on a night where Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are both on fire, while Chris Paul has been average by his lofty standards. The preceding two sentences make Wednesday night's game between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers sound like a blowout but, thanks to a miracle or eight, the Lakers lead only 63-55 at halftime.
That miracle or eight is Caron Butler's 23-point, 8-of-13 shooting performance thus far for the Clippers. He's been absolutely out of his mind so far. Paul has only seven points, but he does have eight assists. Blake Griffin has been mostly ineffective, but he did have this dunk, so we'll let him off the hook.
Kobe Bryant has 18 points and five assists, while Bynum -- the guy who just sprained his ankle and got fined for skipping a meeting with Mitch Kupchak -- has 17 points and six rebounds. Remember the time DeAndre Jordan got $43 million because of his defense? Yeah, about that.