One of the Clippers' brightest stars will remain out, but the Lakers' biggest superstar will be back when the teams meet Friday night for the first time this season. The Lakers will be the home team for the game at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard indefinitely after offseason knee surgery, while the Lakers were without LeBron James most recently on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.
The Los Angeles Clippers face the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Sunday for the first time since they met in the opening round of last season's playoffs. Dallas won the first two games of the best-of-seven series before the Clippers rallied back to win Game 7 behind Kawhi Leonard's 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. A lot has changed since last June, starting with a major injury to Leonard.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr sees similarities between Jonathan Kuminga's rookie year to Kawhi Leonard's.