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Lakers-Clippers game postponed by Kobe Bryant’s death has been rescheduled for April 9

Kawhi Leonard (2) and the Clippers will play their rescheduled game against Anthony Davis and the Lakers on April 9.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Nearly one month after Kobe Bryant’s death led the NBA to postpone a Jan. 28 showdown between the Lakers and Clippers, the league announced Friday the rescheduled date for their matchup: April 9.

To find room for that game, which will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PST on a TNT broadcast, the league rescheduled three others that week, a process that ultimately leaves the Lakers playing three games in as many nights — the first team to do that since New Orleans in March 2018 — and the Clippers playing three games in four nights.

Originally, the Lakers were scheduled to play Chicago on April 7 and Golden State on April 9. Now, they will face the Warriors on April 7, the Bulls on April 8 and the Clippers one day later.

The Clippers’ schedule also was affected. Their home game against Chicago, which was originally scheduled for April 8, will now be played April 6 at 7 p.m. It will mark a rare case of the NBA playing the night of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

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Additionally, the Clippers’ April 7 road game against Utah will no longer be broadcast nationally on TNT.

The regular season ends April 15 and playoffs are scheduled to begin April 18.


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