Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
When: Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. PT
How to watch/listen: ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Spectrum SportsNet, AM 570 LA Sports, ESPN LA 710
Projected Starting Lineups:
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka
Lakers: Dennis Schröder, Wesley Matthews, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell
Clippers: Jay Scrubb (foot surgery) — OUT
Lakers: Alex Caruso (hip) — OUT, Alfonzo McKinnie (excused absence) — OUT
The LA Clippers had less than three months between seasons, but they get just two days between their first game of the preseason against the Los Angeles Lakers and the second, which comes Sunday at Staples Center.
The preseason opener on Friday ended with the Lakers posting an 87-81 victory, the two teams going with vastly different approaches on the night. Tyronn Lue started his ideal five from tip off to start building that buzzword, chemistry, and practically cleared his very long bench by night’s end, while on the other bench Lakers coach Frank Vogel sat his biggest stars and gave a couple players a lot of playing time because they had a short squad.
Obviously since it’s preseason, the important things are to get some run and stay healthy and Lue proclaimed the Clippers were good to go coming out of the preseason opener. Perhaps that will mean Marcus Morris Sr. will be available for the game, after sitting out Friday with knee soreness. Vogel said he’s unsure who he’ll play the second time around, so maybe LeBron James and/or Anthony Davis will feature, maybe not.
Among the youngsters who impressed for the Clippers on Friday was Mfiondu Kabangele and rookie Daniel Oturu. If they can build on the opener, they look like they could be in line for some playing time during the regular season.
I’d expect Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to get a bit more playing time in this game, but they’ll probably still be on a minutes limit.
And again, it’s a preseason game, so expect some sloppy play and not much of the fire you’d normally see out of a Clippers-Lakers game, unless Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell throw down in the 3rd quarter or whatever.