Lakers Injury Report: LA To Be Without 2 Starters In Crucial Memphis Battle

Uh oh.

Your Los Angeles Lakers will be down two starters tonight against one of the most fearsome franchises in the Western Conference.

Tonight, ahead of a rematch with the West’s second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies (36-23), the league’s latest injury report reveals that LA will be missing both All-Star small forward LeBron James and maximum-salaried starting point guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6’4″ vet has been sidelined since last Thursday, when he rolled his right ankle on the foot of Golden State Warriors reserve shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo early on during an eventual 124-111 LA victory.

Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic, head coach Darvin Ham revealed that D-Lo was also doubtful to play in tomorrow’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, another play-in tournament contender.

Two-way rookies Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider will be unavailable for the club, as they continue to log reps with the team’s G League affiliate in El Segundo, the South Bay Lakers.

There is, however, some good news to be gleaned from your 29-32 Lakers’ current injury report. Star center Anthony Davis (right foot stress injury recovery) is officially available to play for Los Angeles.

On the Grizzlies side of the equation, starting center Steven Adams remains out with a right knee PCL sprain. Rookie power forward Jake LaRavia, selected by Memphis with the No. 19 pick out of Wake Forest, has also been ruled out with a sore back.

The action tips off tonight at 4:30 p.m. PT.

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