This is not an ideal time to be missing more bodies.
Your Los Angeles Lakers continue to compile injuries during the home stretch of the 2022-23 NBA season.
Per Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times, a new Laker has joined LA’s wounded players ahead of a big bout against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday.
For the past three games, reserve point guard Dennis Schröder has started in the stead of injured point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is dealing with a right ankle sprain. Schroder, too, now has a left ankle sprain, suffered in the first half of LA’s 123-117 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. He is merely probable to suit up for Los Angeles Friday.
Star center Anthony Davis, who sat Wednesday, is considered probable to play.
Russell and starting small forward LeBron James, sidelined for at least three weeks with a right foot tendon injury, are also out for tomorrow’s matchup. Two-way rookies Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider will play with LA’s El Segundo G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
At 30-33, the Lakers are the 11th seed in the West, just 1.5 games behind the 32-32 Timberwolves, their conference’s eighth seed.
Here’s hoping at least Schröder and Davis are available. Otherwise, it could be a long night.