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Clippers Announce Strong Game Plan To Guard Lakers Ace Anthony Davis At The Los Angeles Derby

The Los Angeles Lakers have won the last seven games out of eight to go for the postseason drive. Following the last night’s win, they are head to head with Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth seed in the table. Now it all depends on Wednesday’s game whether the Lakers will directly head for the playoffs or appear in the Play-In tournament. More interestingly, the arch-rivals will clash head to head to decide who will ascend directly to the playoffs. However, the Lakers are already at a disadvantage as they will have to play their city rivals in a back-to-back schedule.

The city rivalry does not get any better than this. The two teams will play against each other for the sixth-seed spot in the Western Conference. And to put the cherry on the cake, both the team’s players are fully healthy and in form at this point of the season. For the Lakers, it will be important as they have come a long way, and they would not want to be disappointed. Ahead of the match, the Clippers coach has also revealed their strategy to hold back Anthony Davis.


The Clippers Would Use Different Tactics To Win Against The Lakers

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball during the game against the LA Clippers on October 20, 2022 at Arena in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Clippers’ head coach Tyronn Lue would want to cook something special to stop the in-form neighbors. Anthony Davis is on top of his superpowers, and it is going to be a major issue for the Clippers. However, Lue has already come up with a tactic and reveals that he will not be using past tactics again. In the interview ahead of the clash, Tyronn said that he would trust Iviaca Zubac to guard Davis on Wednesday. It is a completely new strategy, unlike last time when he double-teamed Anthony.

The identical records at this point in time show how important the game on Wednesday will be. Zubac is going to be under a lot of pressure in order to guard his market Davis who has been astonishing recently. If we talk about the stats, the Lakers beast has been scoring 38,38, and 40 points in the last few games.

Reason For Tryonn’s Shift In Strategy

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The Lakers acquired a lot of shooters before the trade deadline in Feb. The addition of shooters like Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell has made their squad deeper than ever. This could be the major reason for the Clippers’ coach to make a shift in the strategy.

In an interview, Tyronn said that “It’s gonna be hard” because of Davis. Talking about the last game when Davis played against them, he said, “I thought Zu did well was guard him in the post pretty well, but the pick and rolls are what hurts you.” The Clippers fans would hope that it works against the Lakers to secure the playoff spot.