LAKERS AT CLIPPERS
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
TV: ESPN, Time Warner Cable, Prime Ticket.
The Lakers' championship banners will be covered and so will much of the intrigue when the Chris Paul-deprived Clippers take on a MASH unit of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all dressed in swanky suits. At least the Clippers retain some tangible upside with a playoff berth to come this spring; the Lakers are faced with that old Shakespearean dilemma: to tank or not to tank? Beating the Clippers for a second time this season could be the closest the Lakers get to seeing a title, at least until they play their next home game and take down the banners of Blake Griffin & Co. shrouding the reminders of happier days that hang from the rafters.