Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to do the season sweep over their city rivals Los Angeles Lakers when both teams square off at the Staples Center on Friday morning (IST).
Clippers are the fourth team from Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs but the Lakers are in a real fight to finish in the top-six which will guarantee them a spot in the post-season. But if Frank Vogel‘s team, who faces a battle for the coveted fifth and sixth place in the West with Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, fails to secure a top-six spot, then the reigning champions will have to negotiate a play-in tournament, together with teams finishing from 7th to 10th in the Western Conference. That will be a whole lot load on the players.
As per reports, LeBron James didn’t suit up for the Lakers latest practice session on Thursday, and head coach Frank Vogel confirmed that he will be without his superstar player for the next two games at least.
James has been suffering from an ankle sprain and sat out the match against Denver Nuggets as well. That’s a big blow to Showtime who could miss out on a sixth place in the West.
LeBron James Status: Out
Reason: Ankle Sprain
Likely to miss the next two games against Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Dennis Schroder has been ruled out for 10-15 games due to the league’s health and safety protocols.
Key second-unit player Talent Horton-Tucker is also dealing with a right calf issue and could miss the match against the Clippers.
Marc Gasol‘s status has been upgraded to “Probable” ahead of this match, while Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are also listed as day-to-day.
Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, will be missing the services of Serge Ibaka. The former Toronto Raptors star is dealing with a back issue and won’t suit up for this match.
Subscribe To India Fantasy YouTube Channel For Funny Spoof Cricket Videos: