(Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers, still trying find a way to match its new group of talents together, will take on the Los Angeles Clippers in one of 12 NBA games on in a loaded Friday night.
The Lakers have dropped its last 10 games – this after going 0-8 in preseason and then losing its opening two games of the new regular season and face even greater problems ahead of the Clippers clash.
Steve Nash, who suffered a leg injury in the defeat the Portland Trail Blazer earlier this week is doubtful for the contest, while Kobe Bryant is being bothered by a knee problem and is unable to play at his very best.
With Nash doubtful, the Lakers expect Steve Blake to start in his place.
Clippers won its opening game of the season and with Chris Paul back and Jamal Crawford coming off a 29 points performance int he win over Memphis, things are looking to be in their favour Friday night.
Defending champion Miami Heat, which blew away the Boston Celtics in its season opener on Tuesday night is schedule to take on the New York Knights.
However, it is being reported that both sets of players wouldn’t opposed to the game being postponed after New York was hit hard by hurricane Sandy, the same storm that saw the Knicks’ season opener against the Brooklyn Nets being postponed.
”If we’re in a car and we’re in traffic for three hours, what are other people who are really affected by this, what are they doing? How are they getting around, how are they moving, et cetera?” a concerned Dwyane Wade said after shootaround at Madison Square Garden.
”So it was just like, come on man, we shouldn’t be here to play a basketball game. If anything, we should be here to do something to help the city.”
Elsewhere on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder, which loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, following two big shots from point guard Tony Parker, will look to rebound against the Trail Blazers, James Harden and the Houston Rockets face the Atlanta Hawks, while Boston Celtics are strong favours against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Games and TV Broadcast Stations:
Indiana 1-0 (Road: 1-0) 7:00pm ET
Charlotte 0-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: FSIN, SPSO
Denver 0-1 (Road: 0-1) 7:00pm ET
Orlando 0-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: ALT2, FSFL
Houston 1-0 (Road: 1-0) 7:30pm ET
Atlanta 0-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: SPSO
Milwaukee 0-0 (Road: 0-0) 7:30pm ET
Boston 0-1 (Home: 0-0) TV: FSWI, CSNE
Chicago 1-0 (Road: 0-0) 7:30pm ET
Cleveland 1-0 (Home: 1-0) TV: CSCH, FSOH
Utah 1-0 (Road: 0-0) 8:00pm ET
New Orleans 0-1 (Home: 0-1) TV: RTRM+, SPSO
Miami 1-0 (Road: 0-0) 8:00pm ET
New York 0-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: ESPN, MSG
Sacramento 0-1 (Road: 0-1) 8:00pm ET
Minnesota 0-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: CSCA, WFTC
Portland 1-0 (Road: 0-0) 8:00pm ET
Oklahoma City 0-1 (Home: 0-0) TV: CSNW, FSOK
Detroit 0-1 (Road: 0-0) 10:00pm ET
Phoenix 0-1 (Home: 0-1) TV: FSD, FSAZ
LA Clippers 1-0 (Road: 0-0) 10:30pm ET
LA Lakers 0-2 (Home: 0-1) TV: ESPN, SPSO
Memphis 0-1 (Road: 0-1) 10:30pm ET
Golden State 1-0 (Home: 0-0) TV: SPSO, CSBA