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Your Los Angeles Lakers will be facing a tough stretch of games without their best player over, at the very least, the ensuing few weeks.
All-Star LA forward LeBron James is sidelined as he deals with inflammation stemming from a mysterious right foot injury that is apparently going to require the assessments of several doctors.
Tonight, LA could be missing as many as three starters when it visits the Memphis Grizzlies, the second seed in the Western Conference.
Per the NBA’s latest injury report, starting Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell remains doubtful as he continues to struggle with the right ankle sprain he incurred last week against the Golden State Warriors. Two-way players Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider will be unavailable as well, as they’ll be getting reps with LA’s South Bay NBAGL affiliate.
Starting center Anthony Davis, upon whom much of the Lakers’ offense will now hinge, is merely probable to play through the right foot stress injury that kept him riding pine for five-and-a-half weeks and knocked him out of the MVP race.
Davis has been probable with one injury or another for almost every single game he’s played this season. It’s partially a function of his shaky health, and perhaps in part due to the sensibilities of the modern NBA, where every game he plays his status is in question until the last possible minute. Expect him to suit up tonight.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, will be mostly healthy, aside from starting center Steven Adams.