These teams met two weeks ago in a game won handily by the Clippers, 126-109. Paul George was out, but it didn’t matter. Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson, and Terance Mann combined to shoot 67% from the field.
The 7-foot Minnehaha Academy senior and No. ranked prospect in the Class of 2021 was one of seven players ranked five stars the state of Minnesota produced since 2017, with at least one per year. Next year's in-state class is deep with Division I talent but 2022 and beyond right now lacks that same type of national star power.
Los Angeles enters Friday's game at No. 3 in a tightly packed Western Conference and in need of a win for playoff positioning.