LA Story: Clippers take on city-rival Lakers
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers are fighting for their playoff
lives and will take on the cross-town rival Lakers this evening at the Staples
The Clippers will serve as the visitor in this matchup and are just a half
game behind the idle Golden State Warriors for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference. However, they have lost three in a row,
including a 103-100 overtime setback to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
on Tuesday at the Ford Center.
Elton Brand had 37 points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who have dropped the
first two games of a three-game road trip and fell to 13-26 as the guest this
season. Corey Maggette ended with 24 points in a losing cause.
On the injury front for the Clippers, guard Sam Cassell (back spasms) is
questionable for Thursday’s game. Cassell has missed four straight games and
has competed sparingly since the beginning of March.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost four of five and six of their last eight
games. They suffered a 115-111 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday at the
Pepsi Center, as Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 23 points for the Lakers, who
are two games behind the Nuggets for the sixth spot in the West standings.
Luke Walton scored 19 points, Lamar Odom added 18 and Andrew Bynum recorded 16
points for the Lakers. The Lakers are now back at home where they are 24-15 in
In injury news for the Lakers, center Kwame Brown (ankle) is doubtful for
Thursday’s game against the Clippers. Brown has missed the last four games and
is averaging 8.3 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.
Thursday’s game between cross-town rivals is the fourth and final meeting of
the regular season. The Lakers lead the series by a 2-1 count, and have won
three of four and four of the last six encounters.
The Clippers have lost two straight, nine of 11 and 16 of their last 19 games
as the visitor in this series.