A win would actually help the Lakers, as the Clippers sent their 2015 second-round pick to the
Adams and Andersen are no longer in the
The Clippers are right on the cusp, at 56. A loss or two, perhaps at the hand of the Lakers, might drop the pick into that sweet spot.
The difficult part for the Lakers is actually getting a win over a much better Clippers squad.
Jamal Crawford (calf) is doubtful for the Clippers.
Through 32 games since his promotion, Clarkson has averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game, with 2.1 turnovers while shooting 46.6% from the field.
He'll have a major challenge on Sunday against
Paul, arguably the top point guard in the league, is at 19.3 points, 10.2 assists and 1.9 steals a game this year.
The Clippers rely heavily on big men Blake Griffin and
Griffin is a potent scorer, and a willing passer. Jordan is a prolific rebounder and shot-blocker. Guard
After Clarkson, the Lakers' scoring comes from a variety of places, including Jeremy Lin,
The Clippers should be too much for the Lakers to handle on Sunday.