I'll see your starting two out, and raise you three! Well, that's not exactly what Coach Vinny Del Negro said, but it was to that effect.
The Clippers and Lakers meet on Wednesday for the Clippers' last home preseason game, but not all the stars will play.
It was announced on Tuesday that Kobe Bryant will likely sit with a bruised foot and Dwight Howard will sit because he's sore and they don't want to push his recovery.
After hearing this, Coach Del Negro said of resting the Clippers' starters:
"I probably will. I just don’t know who and how we’re going to do it yet. We’ll see where it’s at tomorrow.”
Arash Markazi of ESPN detailed who has sat so far, stating:
“When the Clippers were looking to rest players during their exhibition game last Saturday in Utah, they did not play Blake Griffin, Willie Green, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill or Lamar Odom. Billups, Hill and Odom will certainly be out Wednesday as they recuperate from injuries and Del Negro could look to rest Griffin, Butler and Green again.”
Hill is dealing with a bone bruise, and Odom is dealing with a bone bruise and conditioning issues due to being overweight.
It's doubtful either will be back in time for the regular season.
Typically, it would be better to play the starters and build up chemistry, but when key players are missing, like they are for the Clippers, it makes more sense to rest.
It could be a chance for the Lakers to pull out their first preseason win since the rest of the team will be playing. This will also be a good chance for both benches to get some significant playing time and show what they're made of. The Lakers are looking to cut at least one more player and the Clippers need to cut three.
But, if you were planning to go see an exhibition game between the two teams like last season, your “Battle:LA” hopes will have to wait for the regular season, because if the Lakers aren't playing their stars, then Vinny won't either!