There will be no talk about cargo management in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.
Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. James lost a game for the first time this season on Sunday with a chest muscle strain and discomfort in his groin. Davis injured his right knee in this game, a 128-104 loss to the Nuggets.
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Both James and Davis were cited as controversial on Monday for the Clippers’ Christmas, but the All-Star pushed for an impromptu practice on Christmas Eve, per Wojnarowski and McMenamin. Practice time was difficult for coach Frank Vogel as the Lakers played 12 of their last 16 games on the road.
“We made a 10-day trip without a practice, really,” Vogel told reporters Monday. “Sometimes, this benefits your feet, but it usually results in a little slip in your execution and teamwork, especially at the defensive end.”
The Lakers stand alone at the top of the Western Conference standings with a record of 24-6, but a missed three-game series allowed candidates like the Nuggets (21-8), Rockets (21-9) and Clippers (22-10). to close the gap. The Lakers will have to shoot all the reels to defeat the Clippers, who won their first Los Angeles Battle of the Spring without Paul George.
George will be part of the top five this time, joining Kawhi Leonard on the floor of the Staples Center. Leonard fixed Sunday’s game against the Thunder, but the 2016 NBA Finals MVP is available for the Christmas contest.