Sitting here on a quiet Christmas Eve, with a nice fire in the woodstove and no sounds outside except for the occasional slight gust of wind gently wafting through the wind chimes. Quiet in the forest is unlike quiet anywhere else. No traffic, no doors, no planes flying over...nothing but the calm of a cool winter's night. The Kings fly to LA tomorrow afternoon to face the Clippers on Tuesday. Then, they get to turn right around and get back on the plane and head back for a game Wednesday in G1C against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. I hate the Clippers. It's not the same bone deep hatred that I have for the other occupant of the Staples Center, but it's close. There's just an attitude of teams from LA that makes me want to smack them upside the head. One bright spot for me is not having to watch Blake Griffin. Small consolation, though, since watching any game from Staples is stomach-turning. Just ask the Rockets, who are officially protesting last night's game because of the official's error in charging Williams with a foul that should have been charged to Juwan Evans (which would have fouled him out of the game). Silly Rockets. That kind of home-cooking is par for the course in Staples. That one was a bit more obvious than usual, however. The league, with their usual nonchalance, admitted the error but simply shrugged it off. I don't claim to know what they should do in cases like this, but too many games are being decided by errors on the parts of the officials. There really needs to be more accountability. I might even support a challenge system. DeFox is probably not even going to make the trip, so we'll have another chance to see how the other kids can do. This will be the first time they've played the Clippers in Staples during the regular season, and it could get interesting. One thing about Clippers fans - you never know how they're going to react if their team doesn't do well. If the Kings can get ahead early and stay focused, fans could be headed for the exits before the end of the first half. It's a good time to be a Kings fan. Here's hoping Santa brings you all the Kings gear you've been wanting! GO KINGS!!!