Things were just as clunky in the nightcap between the Los Angeles Clippers and crosstown rival Lakers.
As for the Lakers, Vardon reported L.A. has begun scrapping pregame shootarounds.
Although Vardon opined the Lakers avoid organized shootarounds so as to limit media access, a team source indicated James and Anthony Davis have no interest in that kind of pregame structure.
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