The Los Angeles Lakers (31-18) and Los Angeles Clippers (32-18) have been fun over the years. The last two years have certainly added flames to the fire. The Lakers sat by listening to the chatter from across the hall last season. Ultimately, they got another chip while the local residents wait it out for their opportunity.
This season, the Clippers got an early jump with an opening night win of 116-109. Both teams have remained contenders out West. The Clippers hold third place with the hobbled Lakers right behind at fourth. A win on Easter Sunday would allow the Lakers to leap-frog their little brother.
Kyle Kuzma is a huge reason for the Lakers winning three of their last four games. He has put up 22.3 points and 7.2 rebounds over that stretch. Combined with his renewed efforts on defense, he’s finding great footing that will be the ultimate tool against the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Andre Drummond had an unfortunate debut last week with a freak toe injury. Going into Sunday’s contest, both he and Wes Matthews were questionable per The Athletics’ Jovan Buha. Dave McMenamin of ESPN now says that Drummond is officially out.
Andre Drummond (right big toe contusion) and Wes Matthews (neck strain) are questionable vs. the Clippers tomorrow, per the Lakers.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) April 3, 2021
Lakers newly-acquired center Andre Drummond will miss a second straight game, today vs. the Clippers, with a torn toenail and bruised right big toe, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ESPN
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 4, 2021
The snake just keeps biting them. The Lakers could have used a look at how Drummond’s size fares against these Clippers frontline. Hopefully, they will get Matthews in for his ability to defend their big wings.
Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 PM PST/3:30 EST.