Round two of this season's battle of Los Angeles tips off on Friday night, as the Lakers and Clippers renew their rivalry in very different roles. Tipoff at the Staples Center is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday night, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
After streaking to 17 consecutive wins, the Clippers have dropped their last two contests, including a 115-94 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
As has been most of their season to this point, the Lakers are a bumpy work in progress. After winning five in a row, the Lakers have fallen in two of their last three, including a 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Tuesday night. This prompted Kobe Bryant to say that this Lakers team, currently 15-16 overall, is "old" and "slow," except in Bryant's typically more colorful language.
Despite the two straight losses, the Clippers still possess the Western Conference's second-best record at 25-8, only a sliver of percentage points behind the 24-7 Oklahoma City Thunder. On Nov. 2, the balanced Clippers defeated the Lakers in their first meeting, 105-95, despite 40 points from Bryant.