The Clippers had been on impressive run last week, winning four straight games – including a 102-91 victory over the Lakers last week – and pushing for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Then came tough news about No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, and a two-game road losing streak through Memphis and New Orleans.
The Clippers will look to bounce back against a Lakers’ squad that is getting a major boost with the return of Pau Gasol, who went through Friday morning shootaround without incident and is expected to start.
Assistant coach Frank Hamblen joined us on LakersTV to look at how the Lakers hope to contain Baron Davis (who was terrific in last week’s game), how to better operate in the low post through Gasol and Andrew Bynum and more.