Staples Center undergoes a transformation as it turns from red and blue to purple and gold to host Round 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. The Clippers dismantled the Lakers with ease Tuesday night, running up the score in the first quarter before running away in the second half. It's hard to imagine the outcome will be much different in the second half of a back-to-back.
Kobe Bryant didn't look like he had much juice left after pouring it on the Boston Celtics. He's down to five games left, with this game being the final back-to-back set of his career. Kobe's proclamation to push and play in every last game he can has come to fruition thus far, so we'll see if he laces up his XI's for a mulligan against a team that demolished the Lakers just a night ago.
It wasn't just Kobe's struggles, though. Julius Randle put up a bagel in the made field goals department, D'Angelo Russell didn't affect the game much after a passable first half and Jordan Clarkson had to call it a game early after suffering a lower-leg injury after getting stepped on.
Maybe the Lakers put up a better effort, maybe not. This one might be hard to enjoy.
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: PRIME, TWCSN