Perhaps the biggest story heading into Wednesday’s Los Angeles battle is that the Clippers are one of the least healthy teams in NBA history.
When Phil Jackson was asked if he could remember a time when a team was missing its four best players, he had to go all the way back to the 1978 Portland Trail Blazers squad, a good 31 years ago.
Here’s the scratch list for the red and blue:
Baron Davis: Bruised tailbone
Marcus Camby: Sprained left ankle
Chris Kaman: Strained left arch
Zach Randolph: Sore left knee
With those four players healthy, plus Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, Ricky Davis and Mardy Collins chipping in, the Clips could actually be a good squad.
Tonight, however, it’s going to be tough to beat the Lakers unless Collins, Gordon, Thornton, DeAndre Jordan and Brian Skinner shoot a collective 65 percent from the field. That’s sort of like asking the L.A. Dodgers to bat .600 in a game when they had seven starters out with injuries.
But that’s why they play the game…