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Lakers Roundtable: Mark Medina and the L.A. Times' Lisa Dillman preview the Lakers-Clippers matchup

April 14, 2010 |  2:43 pm

There's really nothing to preview here, what with the Lakers facing the Clippers Wednesday night in the regular season finale. Sure, there was that embarrassing 102-91 loss Jan. 6 to the Clippers. But the Lakers have won 10 of the last 11 contests, including their most recent, a 40-point blowout. And clearly both the Lakers and the Clippers can't wait for the regular season to end. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (fractured right index finger) and center Andrew Bynum (left Achilles' tendon) are resting for the playoffs. Baron Davis (sprained right wrist) and Drew Gooden (sore right knee) will also remain on the sidelines. The Lakers (56-24) are looking ahead to the playoffs, and the Clippers (28-53) are looking ahead to free agency.

There will be plenty of analysis leading into the Lakers-Oklahoma City playoff matchup, aside from just how NBA2K10 believes the Lakers will win the series in five. But I thought I'd briefly interrupt that conversation and get a take from L.A. Times Clippers reporter Lisa Dillman on that team's future.

Among the highlights:

--How Blake Griffin's season-ending injury and a horrifying experience in Memphis served as the turning point toward a failed season

--Why the Clippers sorely miss Marcus Camby

--The Clippers' chances of landing LeBron James

--The future of the team, including nine free agents and interim coach Kim Hughes.

You can read more of Dillman's work at The Times' website and you can also follow her on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

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