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                        Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
Clippers vs. Wizards: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
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Who's Playing

Los Angeles (home) vs. Washington (away)

Current Records: Los Angeles 14-6; Washington 6-11

What to Know

The Washington Wizards are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 121.06 points per game. They will challenge the Los Angeles Clippers on the road at 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Staples Center. Despite their defensive woes, the Wizards strut in flaunting some offensive muscle with an average of 118.47 points per game.

The oddsmakers predicted a rough contest for Washington on Friday, and boy were they were right. They found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 125-103 punch to the gut against the Los Angeles Lakers. Washington was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 70-49.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up 53-53 at halftime, but Los Angeles was not quite the San Antonio Spurs' equal in the second half when they met on Friday. The Clippers came up short against San Antonio, falling 107-97. SG Lou Williams had a pretty forgettable game: he played for 27 minutes but picked up just seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.

These two teams will surely be fighting tooth and nail to get back into the win column after losses this week. A pair of defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Washington has allowed their opponents to shoot 48.90% from the floor on average, which is the highest shooting percentage allowed in the league. To make matters even worse for Washington, the Clippers have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.70%, which places them third in the league.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, California
  • TV: NBS Sports Washington
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Series History

Los Angeles have won five out of their last eight games against Washington.

  • Nov 20, 2018 - Washington 125 vs. Los Angeles 118
  • Oct 28, 2018 - Los Angeles 136 vs. Washington 104
  • Dec 15, 2017 - Washington 100 vs. Los Angeles 91
  • Dec 09, 2017 - Los Angeles 113 vs. Washington 112
  • Mar 29, 2017 - Los Angeles 133 vs. Washington 124
  • Dec 18, 2016 - Washington 117 vs. Los Angeles 110
  • Apr 03, 2016 - Los Angeles 114 vs. Washington 109
  • Dec 28, 2015 - Los Angeles 108 vs. Washington 91

                        Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star not cleared yet for contact work; begins on-court exercises

Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star not cleared yet for contact work; begins on-court exercises

The Nets have gone 6-2 since Kyrie Irving has been sidelined with a right shoulder impingement. They've fared well without their star point guard, who is set to miss his ninth consecutive game when Brooklyn takes on the Miami Heat on Sunday. While they would love to have him back in the starting lineup, he's not quite ready to return just yet. 

After missing the Nets' most recent road trip -- including a game against Irving's previous team, the Boston Celtics -- head coach Kenny Atkinson said that Irving still isn't doing any on-court contact work. However, Irving has started some on-court exercises.

Other players on the Nets roster have stepped up in Irving's absence, namely Spencer Dinwiddie, who has been averaging 24.5 points in the eight games Irving has been out. However, with Caris LeVert out as well, though, the performances by the rest of the Nets' players are likely unsustainable. Brooklyn relies extremely heavily on three ballhandlers in Irving, LeVert and Dinwiddie to generate the offense, and two of them are out at the moment. A string of games against likely lottery teams has kept them afloat, but they will need Irving back soon if they plan to seriously contend for a playoff spot. 

Irving unceremoniously left Boston for Brooklyn in free agency, after publicly indicating that he planned to re-sign with the Celtics for the long haul prior to the 2018-19 season. Irving and the Celtics endured a season marred by strained chemistry and failing to live up to the high expectations placed on the team. He eventually reneged on his pledge and joined the Nets.

In the 11 games Irving has played for the Nets this season, he's averaged a career-high 28.5 points a night, including a 50-point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves to open the season. Despite Irving's production, though, the Nets went 4-7 over the 11 games he's played this season. While the Nets have performed well in Irving's absence, the longer the All-Star guard is out, the harder it will be for him to build on-court chemistry this season. 

                        Luka Doncic, Mavericks end Lakers' 10-game win streak, which may have been the product of a soft schedule

Luka Doncic, Mavericks end Lakers' 10-game win streak, which may have been the product of a soft schedule

For those who believe the Lakers' early season success has been a product of a soft schedule, Sunday afternoon's loss to the Dallas Mavericks was validation. After running up a 10-game win streak against the Suns, Warriors, Kings, Hawks, Thunder (twice), Grizzlies, Spurs, Pelicans and Wizards, the Lakers finally played a team with a current winning record for the first time since they lost to the Raptors three weeks ago.

For the record, the Lakers' haven't beaten a current winning team since they defeated Miami 95-90 all the way back on Nov. 8. 

If you're purely a results evaluator, that certainly calls the Lakers' recent domination into question. I'm not in that camp. The Lakers are an elite team, but they might not be quite as good as a 10-game win streak and a 17-3 overall record seemingly indicates.  

There's no doubt the Lakers have won a lot of these games simply by having the two best players on the floor, especially at the end of games. They're pulling out a lot of squeakers against subpar competition. Yes, there's something to be said for simply knowing how to win, and having the necessary components to do so when push comes to shove. But if you're constantly going down to the wire, you're either playing down to the level of the competition or you're not as far above that competition as some people might think. 

The Lakers have had to come back from a double-digit deficit five times. The beat the Grizzlies by one, the Kings by two, the Thunder by three, the Pelicans by four, and the Thunder again by five. 

These are not good teams. 

The Mavericks, who've now won seven of eight themselves, are a good team. Sunday's 114-100 win ran their record to 13-6, and 7-2 on the road. Luka Doncic fell one rebound shy of another triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Doncic took the game over in the third quarter, when the Mavericks went on a 22-5 run to turn a close game into a blowout. 

Doncic went for 16 points, five assists and four rebounds in the third quarter alone, and that wasn't a random occurrence. For whatever reason, the Lakers stopping blitzing and doubling Doncic -- which had neutralized him in the first half -- and started letting him play in space against single defenders. It was a bad decision. This is what Luka does when you "try" to guard him straight up:

Once Doncic started doing his step-back thing and found his rhythm as a playmaker, this Lakers defense, which has ranked as a top-two unit in the league for long stretches this season, looked pretty helpless. Doncic and the Mavs can do that to teams. They are the No. 1 ranked offense in the league. But suffice it to say, the Lakers looked a lot different than they did when they played, for instance, the Hawks, who they boat-raced from the start and held to 28 percent shooting from 3. 

The Mavericks, meanwhile, blitzed the Lakers from the 3-point line -- though not with a terribly great percentage. Dallas made 17 3s out of 49 attempts, but again, that's a product of the Lakers' defense. You pay as much attention to Doncic as the Lakers did in the first half, other guys are going to get open shots. You switch that strategy and guard Luka straight up, and he's going to torch you. 

This is what makes Dallas a problem, but it's also a problem for the Lakers, who are supposed to be good enough to thwart the best teams' attack on their own terms. But this game spotlighted what many people questioned about the Lakers from the start: What happens when LeBron and Davis don't dominate? Do they have enough shooting around them? Can the defense hold up with LeBron in Year 17 and Rajon Rondo and Danny Green no spring chickens? 

Against bad teams, those questions have been answered. Against good teams, perhaps not so much. The Lakers shot just 7 of 27 from 3-point range on Sunday. LeBron put up 25-9-8 but didn't completely dominate, Davis finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he was pretty bad in the stretch of the third quarter when the game was lost, forcing his offense in isolation, settling for mid-range jump shots and turning the ball over when he put it on the floor. 

It's another potential Achilles heel for the Lakers, who rely on Davis A LOT to make individual plays even though he hasn't been terrific at doing so; entering Sunday, Davis was shooting just 30 percent on isolation possessions. That registers him in the 33rd percentile league-wide, per Synergy, on such plays, where he scores at about the same rate as Julius Randle

Davis said after the loss that it's just one game, and of course he's right. And of course he's going to say that. But that said, there isn't a ton of evidence of what this Lakers team is against good competition, and as that's concerned, we're going to find out a lot about the in the coming weeks. 

Through the end of the year, here's what the Lakers' schedule looks like:

That's 13 games against nine winning teams, and the Blazers aren't exactly your typical sub-.500 squad. That's also nine road games out of 13. It's a tough stretch. The Lakers have done what good teams do in taking care of business during a soft spot in the schedule, but now they're entering into a prove-it stretch. We'll see how it goes. 

                        WATCH: LeBron James, Luka Doncic trade eerily similar step-back 3-pointers over each other one month apart

WATCH: LeBron James, Luka Doncic trade eerily similar step-back 3-pointers over each other one month apart

Back on November 1, the Los Angeles Lakers went to Dallas and outlasted the Mavericks in overtime in what is still, to this point, one of the best games we've seen all season. Early on Sunday afternoon, exactly one month later, the Mavericks made their way to Los Angeles and repaid the favor by cruising to a 14-point win that ended the Lakers' 10-game winning streak. While the most recent matchup wasn't quite as exciting, there was one big similarity -- besides the fact that the road team won. 

In that November game, LeBron James finished with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists, and closed things out with a nasty step-back jumper over the outstretched arms of Luka Doncic. With just 90 seconds to play in overtime, and the Lakers clinging to a four-point lead, LeBron sized up Doncic and drilled the shot to seal the win.

This time around, Doncic was the star, and though he didn't quite finish with a triple-double of his own, he did put up 27 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Mavericks on the day. And not only did he help his team get revenge with a win, he found some personal redemption by hitting a step-back triple of his own over LeBron. Late in the fourth, he took his turn to size up The King, and swished a triple to put an exclamation point on the Mavs' victory. 

The situations obviously weren't exactly the same, but it was still pretty sweet to see these two superstars trade nearly identical shots over each other. Both of them even used a between-the-legs move to set things up, and then turned and stared at the TV cameras afterwards. 

LeBron is still "The King," but someday soon he's going to cede his place to the next generation, and Doncic will be one of the select few coming for his crown. To watch that transition start to happen in real time is one of those moments that doesn't really need any deeper explanation or analysis; it's just awesome. 


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