Clippers Beat Lakers Again To Sweep Preseason Series

Andrew Bynum scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lakers in the loss.

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Lakers Vs. Clippers Final Score: Ships Hold On To Take Preseason Series 108-103

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-103, as the game grew heated down the stretch. The Clippers blew open the game in the third quarter with a 21-6 turnover margin to that point. However, the Lakers only committed one turnover in the fourth quarter allowing them to make the game competitive down the stretch. 

Blake Griffin was far and away the player of the game. His strong second half turned the tide in the Clipper favor. He lead all scorers with 30 points, and also lead the Clippers with three steals. Caron Butler and Maurice Williams both had 16 and DeAndre Jordan had 14.

Center DeAndre Jordon lead the Clippers with 7 rebounds, but Bynum clearly won the paint battle for the Lakers who out-rebounded the Clipps 44-27. Brynum also lead all Laker scorers with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He stuck to the high percentage shots, going 11-15 from the field, but his double double is none the less impressive. Paul Gasol had 13 points and 9 rebounds. 

The Clippers were especially strong when it came to the turnover battle. The Clippers were able to force 22 Laker turnovers, which resulted in 28 points. 16 of those points were fast break points. The up and coming Clipps were able to show the flip side of veteran savy, as the Lakers were simply slower than their opponent. 

With five lead changes and two ties, the sellout crowd at the Staples Center had much to celebrate. In a game which felt more like the regular season, the true winner may have been basketball fans in Los Angeles. Certainly both fan bases will have much to be happy about with two high quality teams. 

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Clippers Scoring Run Changes Game

The game has shifted decidedly in the Los Angeles Clippers' favor, as the Los Angeles Lakers had nothing coming out of the locker room and the Clippers turned up the heat to take a ten point lead into the fourth quarter; 83-73. The 19,060 on hand to watch the game, another sellout, saw a third quarter similar to the one of Monday. The Clippers are a great fast break team, and the Lakers keeping turning it over. 

DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Mo Williams and Caron Butler are all in double digit scoring. Center Jordan has had trouble dealing with Andrew Bynum, but his 14 points and 6 rebounds (and especially his lob dunks) have made up for it. Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 20 points and has been creating offense with six assists. Chris Paul has lived up to his reputation with 9 assists, including a lob to Blake Griffin that got the Staples Center crowd off their feet. 

Andrew Bynum has been the focal point of the Laker offense without Kobe Bryan. His 23 points have keep the Lakers from being completely outmatched in a dismal third quarter. 

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: No Love Lost In Preseason Game

The Los Angeles Lakers held their first half lead through the second quarter, and head into the locker rooms up 56-53. The six minutes of the second quarter were largely dominated by the play of Andrew Bynum, highlighted by an alley-oop from Derrick Fisher that Bynum slammed home. Not to be outdone, Blake Griffin had a nice slam off his own, but it was an alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan that changed the second quarter momentum in the Clippers' favor. 

Andrew Bynum leads all scorers, with 17 points in the first half. He's also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked two shots. With Kobe Bryant out, it's clear that Bynum has become the focal point of the Laker offense. 

Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 10 points. The Lakers have dominated the boards, 22-13. The Clipper leaders in the rebound category are two players with three rebounds each. However, the Clippers have managed to get 9 fast break points off 10 Laker turnovers as Derrick Fisher became made some awful passes late in the half. The Lakers have no fast break points. 

The Lakers' biggest lead was 11 points, but the Clippers have been right there keeping it close the whole game. Even Bill Simmons remarked at how competitive things are at the Staples Center for a preseason game. The crowd has been enthusiastic the whole game as there seems to be a fair amount of local pride on the line. 

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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Visiting Lake Show Lead 36-33 After One

It's not just the color of the court and uniforms that has changed since Monday, the big story pre-game was that Kobe Bryant had injured his wrist and would not participate in the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angels Clippers playing in their last warmup game. In four days the Lakers will host the Bulls and the Clippers will head up to Oakland. However, things may not be as bleak for the Lakers as was made out after the first preseason game. 

Former Clipper Steve Blake lead the Lakers with 9 points, finding the hot hand at the end of the quarter. Devin Ebanks and Andrew Bynum had 8 points each. Derrick Fisher lead the Lakers with 5 assists. 

Blake Griffin lead the home Clippers with 8 points. Maurice Williams was the runner up scorer with 8 points. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both had four assists, as the two Clipper stars are doing a good job getting the offense going. 

Derrick Caracter of the Lakers and Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers were the two other roster players who did not dress tonight. Like Monday night, the Staples Center is sold out. Of course, had this not been a strike year these would have been regular season games. Monday night's simulcast on NBA TV was the highest rated broadcast in the history of the network. 

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NBA Preseason Schedule, Clippers Vs. Lakers: Game Time, TV Information And More

After getting blistered on Monday night by the Los Angeles Clippers 114-95 in their exhibition opener, the Los Angeles Lakers look to return the favor on Wednesday as the two teams complete their brief NBA preseason schedule at Staples Center. But the Lakers will have to do so without Kobe Bryant, who is out for Wednesday (at least) with an injured right wrist.

Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups torched the Lakers for 40 combined points on Monday, and tonight they will go up against Derek Fisher and Devin Ebanks, the Lakers' starting backcourt on Wednesday. Here are the relevant details for Wednesday's game:

Location: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

Home Team: The two teams share the building, but the Clippers are the home team on Wednesday after winning as the road team on Monday night.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: Just like Monday, there are multiple options. The Lakers' telecast is on KCAL, with new play-by-play man Bill Macdonald and long-time analyst Stu Lantz; the Clippers' telecast will be on Prime Ticket, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith calling the action. The game will also be shown on NBA TV.

Preseason Series History: The Lakers are 14-8 against the Clippers in the preseason dating back to 1979.

For more Clippers basketball news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation. For news and notes on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update: Kobe Bryant Could Play Christmas Day

Kobe Bryant is banged up again. What else is new?

Bryant's injury will keep him out of the final preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers.  It makes sense to be precautionary with the aging superstar at every turn, particularly in a shortened season where there will be little rest and many games to be played.

However, that does not mean he'll be out any longer.

LAL have not ruled out having Kobe play in X-Mas opener. Will depend on whether he can practice in next few days & how wrist feels.
Dec 21 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

 

Bryant is known for wanting to play every basketball game that he possibly can, and if the wrist injury isn't hampering him in practice, I'm pretty sure we'll see something similar this time around, and Kobe will be on the court on Christmas Day if he can even be partly effective. Bryant won't miss a game unless he's absolutely certain that his performance will suffer on the court if he goes out there.

Here's Mike Brown talking about Kobe. I'm sure he said something groundbreaking that'll give us some idea as to whether he'll play or not.



To discuss Kobe and the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Devin Ebanks, Derek Fisher To Start For Lakers Wednesday Vs. Clippers

With the NBA regular season opener rapidly approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers were already in a rough spot with Andrew Bynum suspended for the first five games of the regular season. Now, they could be without Kobe Bryant for the Christmas Day opener as well, as Bryant will miss Wednesday's exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Clippers with a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist.

In Bryant's absence on Wednesday, second year guard/forward Devin Ebanks will start at shooting guard, along with Derek Fisher at point guard, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA. Fisher did not play Monday night against the Clippers. Here are Wednesday's probably starting lineups:

Lakers

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Devin Ebanks

Small Forward: Matt Barnes

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Clippers

Point Guard: Chris Paul

Shooting Guard: Chauncey Billups

Small Forward: Caron Butler

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: DeAndre Jordan

Both the Lakers and Clippers open their regular season in four days, on Christmas Day.

For more Clippers basketball news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation. For news and notes on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury Update: MRI Reveals Torn Ligament In Right Wrist, Considered Day-To-Day

ESPN Radio and Los Angeles Lakers insider Beto Durant tweeted on Wednesday that All-Star Kobe Bryant has a torn ligament in his wrist, and will miss tonight's preseason matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. Bryant is considered day-to-day. 

According to the Lakers PR department Kobe suffered a torn lunotriquetral ligament, which to my limited medical knowledge is one of several pieces of connective tissue that link the lunate and triquetral bones in the human hand (two of the seven carpal bones in the base of the hand just above the wrist on the pinky-finger side). 

The injury sounds to be rather severe, but seeing that he is listed day-to-day and the overall toughness of Kobe, I highly doubt this will keep him down for long. Luckily it's still the preseason and #24 is one of the last people in the league you have to worry about being ready for game action. 

For more on the Lakers, head over to Silver Screen and Roll

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