MORE: SN’s NBA Athlete of the DecadeBoth James and Davis were listed as questionable on Monday for the Christmas showdown with the Clippers, but the All-Star forwards pushed for an impromptu practice on Christmas Eve, per Wojnarowski and McMenamin. Practice time has been hard to find for coach Frank Vogel, as the Lakers have played 12 of their last 16 games on the road. There won’t be any talk of load management in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. James missed a game for the first time this season on Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis hurt his right knee in that game, a 128-104 loss to the Nuggets. “We went a 10-day trip without a single practice, really,” Vogel told reporters on Monday. “One shootaround, I think. Sometimes that benefits your legs, but usually it leads to a little bit of slippage in your execution and togetherness, particularly on the defensive end.”🎥 Frank Vogel gives an injury update for LeBron and AD. pic.twitter.com/DtsKBUgsRZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2019The Lakers stand alone at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 24-6 record, but a three-game losing streak has allowed contenders like the Nuggets (21-8), Rockets (21-9) and Clippers (22-10) to close the gap. The Lakers will need to fire on all cylinders to defeat the Clippers, who won the first battle of LA on Opening Night without Paul George.George will be part of the starting five this time, joining Kawhi Leonard on the Staples Center floor. Leonard sat out Sunday’s game against the Thunder, but the 2019 NBA Finals MVP is available for the Christmas Day contest.
Marco Silva (Everton): “We have confidence in our work and the way we are playing.“Seeing how our team is growing and getting better and getting results in the last two-and-a-half months. I accept they will be favourites but it is a big challenge for us.”Confirmed line-ups Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri can set the longest ever unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager when his side host Everton on Sunday afternoon.The Blues, undefeated in their opening eleven league games, could go top of the table with a win ahead of the all-important Manchester derby later in the day. MONEY 3 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ross Barkley spent eight years at Everton Getty Images – Getty 3 Latest Football News The match takes place just three days after Chelsea’s underwhelming 1-0 victory over BATE Borisov, featuring a gruelling 3200-mile round trip to Belarus.And they will not be able to afford a Europa League hangover against an Everton side who are beginning to find their feet under Marco Silva.The Toffees are in fine goalscoring form, netting 11 goals and taking four wins from their last five league games, but they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1994. ADVICE 🔵 | Here it is, Blues! Your starting XI for today’s #EFCawayday…1️⃣ Change. Full debut for Yerry Mina! pic.twitter.com/ioV6WJekcS— Everton (@Everton) November 11, 2018 REVEALED RANKED Here’s how we line up today! 💪#CHEEVE pic.twitter.com/shT0HmwYmU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 11, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Marco Silva is pleased with the way his team is playing huge blow Maurizio Sarri is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, a major success story under the new Chelsea regime, could face his former club for the first time since swapping Goodison Park for Stamford Bridge in January.What the managers are sayingMaurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “The best situation is the result [against BATE]. We didn’t play very well.“It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here. There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything. I think we could have done better.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card