On Wednesday night, the LA Clippers will go head to head with the Lakers for the first time this season. Fresh off a home win over the Magic, this game will be on the second night of a back-to-back for the Clippers.
The Lakers, on the other hand, will have one day of rest heading into the matchup. But as fans are well aware, this rivalry has been dominated by the Clippers in recent history. The Clips have won their last 11 contests in a row against the Lakers, dating back to July of 2020.
As both teams make their preparations for the newest edition of the Hallway Series, there are questions about which star players will be suiting up. Will fans get the full Clippers vs Lakers experience, or will certain key players be missing the game?
Is Paul George playing tonight vs the Lakers?
It remains to be seen whether Paul George will take the floor Wednesday night. When asked about George’s status against the Lakers, Head Coach Tyronn Lue said he does not yet know if the Clippers’ star will play.
Wednesday night’s game will be the first instance of a back-to-back for the Clippers this season. Unless Paul George is experiencing soreness or another legitimate symptom, it would seem in the Clippers’ best interest for him to play, especially considering the team is about to have four days off until their next game.
Full Clippers injury report vs Lakers:
All three players acquired in the trade from the 76ers have yet to pass their physicals. As a result, James Harden, P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrusev will all be on the bench for at least one more game.
Terance Mann and Brandon Boston Jr. have both been ruled out against the Lakers. Mann is still dealing with an ankle injury sustained in practice, while Boston Jr. is nursing a quadriceps injury.
Though not listed with an official injury designation, Tyronn Lue also noted that he is still not sure if Kawhi Leonard will be ready to go on Wednesday.
Full Lakers injury report vs Clippers:
Jarred Vanderbilt and the Lakers’ 2023 first-round draft pick Jalen Hood-Schifino are both listed as out for Wednesday. On October 27, Vanderbilt was ruled out for at least two weeks after being diagnosed with left heel bursitis. Hood-Schifino is dealing with a right patella contusion.
Rui Hachimura is doubtful for the Lakers due to a left eye contusion, while Cam Reddish is probable with right foot soreness.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are not listed on the Lakers’ injury report.