Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers rescheduled game hurts team

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The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers game postponed after the death of Kobe Bryant has been rescheduled for late April, putting the Lakers in a tough position.

The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers were scheduled to play, back on January 28th, in what would have been the third matchup between the STAPLES Center co-tenants this season. However, the game was postponed due to the tragedy involving Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. As a result, the Lakers asked for the game to be postponed and the Clippers and league obliged. Now, we know when the teams will make up the game.

The game will now take place on April 9th at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT. While postponing the game was the right decision to make, there are changes to the schedules for both the Clippers and Lakers.

The Clippers and Chicago Bulls, who were scheduled to play on April 8th, has been moved to April 6th, which is the date of the NCAA Championship game. The NBA usually avoids scheduling games on the night of the title game, but given the circumstances surrounding this game, they had to do it.

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Lakers are now in a very difficult position scheduling wise. As a result of the new date, the NBA had to make other adjustments as well. The Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, which was scheduled for April 9th, will be moved to April 7th. The game that was scheduled against the Chicago Bulls on April 7th has been moved to April 8th.

That is some tough luck for the Lakers. They will now have to play a game on three consecutive nights, which isn’t ideal for the team.

This is the first time a team will have to play on three straight days since 2018. The New Orleans Pelicans had to when their January 28th game against the Indiana Pacers was postponed as there was a leak in their arena.

These changes make the end of the Lakers’ schedule a hectic one. After playing on three consecutive days, they will have the 10th and 11th off before playing three more times in four days to finish out the regular season.

The one saving grace to the schedule is that the Lakers are facing some lesser opponents. Outside the game against the Clippers, no one else they are facing in those six games is in the playoff picture currently.

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Hopefully, the Lakers already have the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference wrapped up and they can monitor the reps of their players during that time. It would not be shocking if they decided to rest some players during the three straight games or the back-to-back set to finish out the regular season.