The Los Angeles Clippers are preparing to face the Dallas Mavericks today in yet another exciting NBA game night. The Clippers have won 8 of their 14 games in the 2022-23 NBA season so far. They currently sit in 7th place in the Western Conference standings, just below the Dallas Mavericks.
The Texas-based franchise has won 7 out of its 2 games this season. The record that both of these teams have right now is a clear indication that the game tonight will mostly be evenly-matched to both sides. However, both the Clippers and Mavericks might be held back with injuries today.
Kawhi Leonard and John Wall will be absent for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Dallas Mavericks tonight
As we all know, Kawhi Leonard faced a serious injury a couple of weeks ago. He had missed a few games and the Clippers fanbase was hit with unfortunate news regarding Kawhi’s injury. However, the American has been making a recovery in recent times. He did not play the Clippers’ last game against the Houston Rockets.
Kawhi is out tonight but made trip to Houston and Dallas. When asked if Kawhi is out for tomorrow night at Dallas, Ty Lue said he didn’t know. Lue was focused on tonight’s game. With no shootaround this morning and no shoot tomorrow at Dallas, hard seeing Kawhi available tomorrow
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According to reports, he will be out for the game against the Mavericks as well. The Clippers head coach, Ty Lue, did not have an answer when reporters asked about Kawhi’s availability. However, considering Leonard’s knee soreness and injury management issues in recent times, we can expect him to sit out this game. The Clippers will miss another key player in John Wall as well.
Los Angeles Clippers injury report
- Kawhi Leonard (out)
- John Wall (out)
Los Angeles Clippers expected roster
- Paul George
- Marcus Morris Sr.
- Ivica Zubac
- Luke Kennard
- Reggie Jackson
As for the Clippers’ opponents for tonight, the Mavericks do not have major issues with injuries to their players. Only Davis Bertans has been listed as out for the game against the LA-based franchise tonight, due to a knee injury.
Dallas Mavericks injury report
- Davis Bertans
Dallas Mavericks expected roster
- Luka Doncic
- Dorian Finney-Smith
- Reggie Bullock
- Dwight Powell
- Spencer Dinwiddie
Can the Clippers beat Luka Doncic and Co. without Kawhi Leonard and John Wall?
The last time these two franchises faced each other was in February 2022. Luka Doncic was on fire and had the game of his life against the Clippers that night. He put up 45 points on the board, together with 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. However, he could not lead the Mavericks to a win that night as the Clippers sneaked past them with a win by just 2 points. The game ended 99-97 for the Clippers.
The Mavs beat the Portland Trail Blazers last game as the game ended 117-112. On the other hand, the Clippers beat the Houston Rockets last game, without Kawhi and Wall as well. The Mavs may edge past the Clippers by a small margin tonight with the help of Luka and Spencer Dinwiddie.