Fixture: Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks
Date & Time: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 3:30 PM ET (8:30 PM GMT)
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Clippers will be hosting New York Knicks on Sunday after a shocking loss to Memphis Grizzlies at home. The margin of the defeat would have been more disappointing for the side that is currently placed fourth in the Western Conference.
In the absence of Paul George, the Clippers conceded 40 points in the first quarter and 39 again in the third quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points on the night and took down eight rebounds while Montrezl Harrell and Lou William came off the bench to contribute with 28 and 24 points respectively, but the Clippers eventually fell 26 points short of the Grizzlies’ 140 points. With the loss, the Clippers fell down to 50% record in their last 10 games.
As they host the second-worst team from the Eastern Conference on Sunday, the Clippers will be looking to make a come back from their Saturday’s defeat. With just 10 wins in 35 games, the Knicks are placed 14th in the Eastern Conference. Their loss against Phoenix Suns in the previous game was the first in their last four games. In their 12-112 loss, New York’s Julius Randle managed to register a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks face a tougher opposition on Sunday as they travel to Los Angeles.
Injury updates & team news
Los Angeles Clippers-
Injuries: Patrick Beverley (Wrist)- day-to-day, Paul George (Hamstring)- day-to-day (Official injury report yet to be received)
Expected starting lineup: Derrick Walton Jr., Landry Shamet, Maurice Harkless, Kawhi Leonard, Ivan Zubac
New York Knicks-
Injuries: Dennis Smith- Questionable, Elfrid Payton- Questionable (personal reasons)
Expected starting lineup: RJ Barret, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson
After having conceded 140 points on Saturday, the Clippers would be looking to bounce back. And although the Knicks have won three of their last four games, they might not be able to go past a strong Clippers side on Sunday.