The Clippers will be severely shorthanded while they’ve hit rock bottom.
The LA Clippers have officially hit rock bottom this season. They’ve had a six-game losing streak before, but this four-game losing streak comes at the expense of being demoralizingly fully healthy. The team is in a play-in spot, despite Kawhi Leonard playing well. Now, they find themselves shorthanded against a hot Sacramento Kings team.
The Clippers will be missing Kawhi Leonard with a right knee injury management, Norman Powell with a left shoulder subluxation, Marcus Morris Sr with a left elbow contusion, Xavier Moon with a G League two-way, Brandon Boston Jr on a G League assignment, Moussa Diabate on a G League two-way, and Jason Preston on a G League assignment. Ivica Zubac is also listed as questionable with right calf soreness.
The Sacramento Kings only have two players listed as questionable, with no one else being listed as out. De’Aaron Fox is questionable with left wrist soreness, and Richuan Holmes is questionable with a non-COVID illness.
Not having Kawhi Leonard is huge for the LA Clippers tonight. He’s been one of their only saving graces during this terrible four-game losing streak, and now his responsibility will go solely on Paul George. Not to mention, that this is a tremendously huge game for the Clippers. A loss tonight could potentially push them into the 8th or 9th seed, which is disastrous for a team that’s already been disastrous.
The LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings tipoff at 10:30 pm ET on Friday night.