The Los Angeles Clippers will be severely cut short when they take on the Lakers on Thursday night to officially restart the NBA season at Walt Disney World.
The Clippers announced Wednesday that both Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell will not play on Thursday. Patrick Beverly is currently in quarantine in his room inside the bubble and has been listed as questionable, however he is unlikely to be ready to go on time.
Last week Harrell left the bubble to deal with a personal matter and has not yet joined the team. It is not clear when he will return, although he will have to isolate him for at least four days. Harrell averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season when play was suspended.
Williams is under a 10-day quarantine in the bubble after stopping at an Atlanta strip club on the way back from an absence apology for attending a family funeral. Williams insists that the stop was simply to collect chicken wings. Williams averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game when play was suspended.
Beverley returned to the bubble on Sunday after leaving on a family emergency last week. A four-day quarantine would release Beverley at some point Thursday, making it unlikely that he will play a few hours later. The 32-year-old had an average of 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.
The Clippers will resume playing with a record of 44-20, the second best of the Western Conference, and will follow the Lakers with 5.5 games.
The Lakers could be without Anthony Davis
Thursday the Clippers may not be the only ones to have a weakened list.
Lakers star Anthony Davis may miss the game after suffering an eye injury on Saturday. Davis was shot in the right eye by Michael Carter-Williams during their fight against Orlando Magic. He reportedly came to rehearsal on Tuesday wearing sunglasses and looked on the sidelines.
“It’s day-to-day and while it still has to do with the discomfort, there is some concern that it can’t potentially play on Thursday,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Tuesday. “But let’s hope it does and we’ll see how it turns out.”
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