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Lakers News: PG Kendall Marshall guarantees win over the Clippers

Kendall Marshall will start at point guard for the Lakers on Friday when the team plays host to the Utah Jazz.
Kendall Marshall will start at point guard for the Lakers on Friday when the team plays host to the Utah Jazz.
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After losing nine of their last 10 games, the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to bounce back against the division rival Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at the Staples Center. Although the Lakers will be underdogs against Blake Griffin and company, new starting point guard has made a bold guarantee heading into the next battle for Los Angeles via Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News on Jan. 9:

“I’ve already guaranteed a win to him,” Marshall said when the Lakers play in a designated road home Friday against the Clippers at Staples Center. “I also told him that if he ever guards me, I might go for 30 [points].

In four games as the starter at floor general for the Lakers, Marshall has played much better than expected. Currently, Marshall is averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 assists per game while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc, but he's coming off his worst game since signing with the Lakers.

In the loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Marshall had an awful night shooting going 2-of-13 from the field finishing with five points. The former UNC standout was able to dish out eight assists in the loss, but clearly struggled against Jeremy Lin and company.

Fortunately for Marshall, Chris Paul won't be playing in the second matchup of the season between the Lakers and Clippers. Although Paul won't be on the floor due to a shoulder injury, Marshall will still have his hands full against Darren Collison.

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