Dwight Howard Downplays Game vs. Clippers, Says Championship ‘Not Won on Christmas’

Robert Marvi
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In the midst of a three-game losing streak, and with their two superstars dealing with injury concerns, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking ahead to a big game versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

It’s a marquee matchup on Christmas Day that many have looked forward to since the NBA’s 2019-20 schedule was released.

Some fans may even be treating it as a preview of the Western Conference Finals. However, Dwight Howard is downplaying the importance of the contest.

Although the Clippers have a solid 22-10 record, they sit merely in fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re three games behind the first-place Lakers and are coming off a disappointing loss on Sunday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kawhi Leonard didn’t play in that game, making the Clippers’ record without the defending Finals MVP just 4-5.

It’s unknown whether LeBron James will be available to play on Christmas for the Lakers.

He missed their Sunday game against the Denver Nuggets due to a strained thoracic muscle. It was the first game he had sat out so far this season.

In addition, Anthony Davis appeared to tweak his right knee late in the contest against Denver.

The Lakers and the Clippers will surely attract lots of fanfare on Wednesday night. Hopefully, it lives up to expectations.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.