UPDATE: Per the Lakers official account, neither Lonzo Ball or LeBron James will play tonight in Anaheim.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be hoping to extend their first half winning streak to three games Saturday evening against the Los Angeles Clippers. Unlike the vast majority of other instances in which the two L.A. teams play each other though, the Clippers won’t be the lone road team, as the game will be played away from Staples Center.
Lakers fans will still vastly outnumber Clippers fans, but at least it’ll be in a building (The Honda Center in Anaheim) that doesn’t feature the 16 banners and 11 retired jerseys the Clippers cover up for their home games.
Heading into this game specifically, Lakers fans will once again be focused on the center rotation. JaVale McGee has looked solid in the first three games, but the guys who fill that role behind him haven’t been able to stop a nosebleed for the most part. That’ll need to change, or the front office might have to consider a personnel adjustment at some point over the course of the season.
The Lakers have faced off against some big teams already in the preseason and now have to get ready for Boban Marjanović, who might actually be a part-giant. Sure, Nikola Jokic is one of the most skilled big men the league has seen in a little while, but Boban might be a mythical creature. Good luck, Kyle Kuzma.
That is, of course, unless Lonzo Ball makes his preseason debut. As of the writing of this preview, he is still listed as questionable and, given how conservative the Lakers have been in their approach to his recovery from offseason surgery, it would be somewhat surprising to see him suit up.
Brandon Ingram is coming off a spectacular effort Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings Thursday night, and while expecting him to score another 31-plus points is probably too much, hoping that he replicates the all-over-the-court impact he made that night doesn’t seem out of the question.
Preseason has been fun thus far, so here’s hope that at least continues on into the weekend.
Tipoff Saturday night will be 7 p.m. PT, and the game can be seen nationally on NBA TV and locally on Spectrum SportsNet and Fox Sports West.