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10 Things to Know: Lakers at Clippers (4/5/16)

Here is what you need to know before the Lakers go up against the neighboring Los Angeles Clippers.

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Head coach Byron Scott has opted for a more youthful rotation for the season’s final six games. Veterans Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, who did not play on Sunday against Boston, will remain on the bench, while more minutes will be given to D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black.

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Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal will be receiving the sport’s greatest honor. On Monday morning it was announced that he will be joining the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year. In his eight seasons with Los Angles, O’Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for three straight years, including in 2000 when he also won the regular-season MVP award.

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Each team features a prominent figure with familial ties to the other side. Kobe Bryant’s father, Joe, played for the San Diego Clippers from 1979-82. Meanwhile, Clippers coach Doc Rivers is the nephew of Jim Brewer, who played two seasons for the purple and gold, including the 1982 championship team.

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The Clippers have beaten their Staples Center co-tenants for a franchise-record nine straight times. The Lakers need to win both legs of Tuesday and Wednesday’s back-to-back in order to avoid losing the season series for the fourth straight year.

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Pulling off consecutive wins promises to be difficult to do against a Clippers team that has taken five of their last six games. It’s been all about hitting shots in this stretch, during which they hold the league’s third-best field goal percentage (49.1) while limiting their opponents to the second-worst (41.1).

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On Sunday, the Clippers welcomed back their leading scorer, Blake Griffin, who missed the past 45 games due to injuries and suspension. Though Griffin averages 22.7 points, his team played better without him, going 30-15 in his stead.

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Much of the reason for the Clippers’ success without Griffin has been the play of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul. The 30-year-old averages the NBA’s second-most steals (2.1), while handing out the fourth-most assists (10.0). He can also get the scoreboard going, as he averaged 20.0 points in last last three games — all of which were double-doubles.

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DeAndre Jordan may only be taking 6.6 shots per game, but he has been extremely efficient with those attempts — almost all of which have been at or around the rim. His 70.2 field goal percentage is on pace for the third-highest in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain in 1972-73 (72.7) and Jordan himself last year (71.1).

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Meanwhile, the Clippers also have one of the league’s long-range threats. J.J. Redick leads the NBA in 3-point percentage (47.1), just ahead of Stephen Curry (45.9). Redick makes 2.7 triples per game — good for fourth overall — and has hit at least one in 52 straight contests.

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Players on both teams enjoy creating their own shots, as the Clippers (24.2) and Lakers (22.4) score the NBA’s most and third-most pull-up points. Paul ranks second in the league with 10.0 per game, while Bryant (5.8) and D’Angelo Russell (4.5) pace their team.