The Lakers will not play LeBron James and Anthony Davis in their second preseason game against the Clippers today, a source tells ESPN.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 13, 2020
Frank Vogel confirmed the report during his pregame media availability. James and Davis didn’t play in the Lakers’ preseason opener against the Clippers either.
In addition to James and Davis, Alex Caruso won’t be available for the Lakers on Sunday. Caruso suffered a hip flexor strain against the Clippers on Friday. He will be reevaluated during the Lakers’ next practice.
Kostas Antetokounmpo and Devontae Cacok will also be inactive, but not for injury-related reasons.
Caruso didn’t start for the Lakers on Friday, but Vogel’s starting lineup will be different on Sunday in spite of that. Instead of Dennis Schröder and Wesley Matthews starting in the back court, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start in the back court. Caldwell-Pope was a healthy scratch on Friday.
Rounding out the starting five will be Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris and Marc Gasol. Kuzma played a team-high 38 minutes on Friday, while Morris and Gasol were inactive. Gasol will be making his Lakers debut on Sunday.
The Lakers and Clippers will tip off at 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.