LA, February 22: The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers will go head-to-head on April 9 after the NBA clash was rescheduled following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant last month.
City rivals the Lakers and Clippers were meant to meet on January 28, however, the showdown was postponed after NBA great Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash, along with seven others in Calabasas, California.
The Lakers and Clippers now have a new date for the Western Conference blockbuster at Staples Center in April.
As a result, three other games have been rescheduled to accommodate the Lakers-Clippers fixture.
The NBA today announced the Jan. 28 game between the @Lakers and the @LAClippers, which was postponed, has been rescheduled for Thu., April 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET at Staples Center. The game will be televised by @NBAonTNT. pic.twitter.com/0q1XZ3651G— NBA (@NBA) February 21, 2020
The Clippers will play the Chicago Bulls on April 6 instead of April 8, the Lakers' clash with the Golden State Warriors has been brought forward from April 9 to April 7 and their game against the Bulls will take place on April 8.
LeBron James and the Lakers top the Western Conference with a 41-12 record, while Kawhi Leonard's Clippers (37-18) are third.