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first_imgMirjam Swanson contributed to this story. After electing to cancel the Jan. 28 game between the Lakers and Clippers in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s death, the NBA has now rescheduled four games total in April to put Lakers-Clippers back on the calendar.The game will be played at Staples Center on April 9, the last of three straight games the Lakers will play at home. The typical crunch of Staples Center scheduling for the week has been affected, causing three other games to be played on different nights: the Chicago Bulls will play the Clippers on April 6 (originally April 8); the Golden State Warriors will play the Lakers on April 7 (originally April 9); and the Bulls will play the Lakers on April 8 (originally April 7).The league typically takes pains to prevent teams from playing three games in as many nights, but it is not unprecedented: New Orleans is the last team that played such a stretch, from March 20 to 22 during the 2017-2018 season because of a postponed game (the last of which was against the Lakers).Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he had played such a stretch before in Indiana, when a game was snowed out and the rescheduling forced a game three days in a row. The Pacers won all three games, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers will also play three games in four nights, with an April 4 home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and an April 7 game at the Utah Jazz for a back-to-back. The game against the Bulls, on April 6, is typically an off-night for the NBA with the NCAA men’s national championship game on air.The Lakers and Clippers are the first- and third-place teams in the Western Conference, respectively. By April, both should be cycling down and resting stars in preparation for playoffs, taking some juice out of the fourth and final matchup between the hallway rivals who share the same building. The Clippers are currently 0-2 in the series.Vogel acknowledged as much, saying the team’s No. 1 priority in the closing week of the season would be to maintain their health.“We may stagger some of the guys that play, maybe some guys won’t be playing all three games, but we’ll have those conversations as we approach those games,” he said. “See what the standings look like, all those types of things. But that late in the season? The No. 1 priority is going to be healthy and fresh.”The game cancelation was an extraordinary situation for the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver said last week in Chicago that the league and the Clippers tried to be deferential to the Lakers in handling Bryant’s death, which left the organization reeling with grief. Sharing a building was a key piece of logistics that made the cancellation possible.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more