Players are coming and going at a pretty rapid clip, especially on the Clippers, but this will give the players who are present and available a chance to play together in a quasi-competitive environment and work on some aspects of the team game before the re-tipoff against the Lakers in less than a week.
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: 5 pm PT
How to watch: Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles viewing region
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac - OUT
Wizards: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, John Wall - OUT
This game is probably not going to be as hyped as the last one, seeing as that was the first time we saw Clippers basketball in four months in any capacity, while this one is another scrimmage to get ready for the seeding games to conclude the regular season.
Still, there’s plenty to watch for, even if this won’t be a full-strength Clips team. Lou Williams has reportedly departed since Wednesday’s 99-90 win over the Orlando Magic due to a family matter, adding to a growing list of departures, hopefully temporary, from the team. Newcomer Joakim Noah had a good run in the first scrimmage, as did a healthy Paul George, and they’ll get another chance to gear up for the games that count.
They’ll be taking on a Wizards team under Scott Brooks that is fighting for their playoff lives. Currently on the outside looking in as the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards are 5.5 games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot, and with only eight seeding games coming up, they’ll have to get to within four games of Orlando if they want to force a playoff against the Magic and make the postseason. They’re also missing arguably their three best players for the entire tournament, but hey, you never know.
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