With Beverley already out for the season, can the Clippers realistically rally from their hole and reach the postseason?
"It didn't look good, obviously", Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters.
However, Rivers' son Austin was the player who collided into Griffin's left knee when he was attempting to collect a loose ball on the floor. Then he just couldn't move. "He's down", Doc Rivers said.
Update: This post was updated at 2:03 p.m.to add new information about Griffin's injury. "He got hit and the referees acknowledged he got hit, but I guess there were some other things that went on during that play".
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points for the Lakers, who had not played in five days after losing at Sacramento on Wednesday. He ultimately checked out of the game and retreated to the Clippers' locker room following a layup by Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and a Clippers timeout.More news: Falcons WR Julio Jones passes even more huge milestones
"There was some miscommunication, and (Williams) got hot from three", Ball said of the difference between the teams late in the game.
Blake Griffin drives to the basket earlier in Monday night's game against the Lakers.
Williams shot 12-for-21 from the field, and 4-for-8 from 3-point range. "We played hard enough to win the game". The point total was two shy of Williams' career best for a single game.
The Lakers have dropped seven of 10. Williams had a season-high 42 points, 14 in the decisive fourth quarter. It was Caldwell Pope's third consecutive game with 20 or more points. "We may not see that again until next year", he said. The forward had 30 points and 10 rebounds against Phoenix on November 17, making him the first Lakers rookie with at least 30 and 10 since Magic Johnson in February 1980. Griffin's only 82 game season came as a rookie, and he last featured in 80 games in a season in the 2013-2014. Now, he's about to miss eight weeks.
"He's not going to be good, he's going to be great". LaVar Ball and youngest Ball brother LaMelo sat next to the Clippers bench.
The Clippers are sitting on a 7-11 record without a lot of postseason hopes, so they'll likely err on the extreme side of caution with their franchise cornerstone. The Clippers have won 20 of the last 22 matchups.