Depleted Lakers can ill afford to lose more bodies.
Your Los Angeles Lakers will be facing off against D’Angelo Russell’s old team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, tonight at home… without D’Angelo Russell, who remains out with a sprained right ankle.
LeBron James, of course, will miss his third straight game (of many to come) with his right foot tendon injury.
Per the league’s latest injury report, two crucial LA players — needed now more than ever to step up — are also not guaranteed to play this evening in a battle of play-in tournament hopefuls.
Point guard Dennis Schroder, who has been starting in the place of Russell, is merely probable after also rolling his ankle (his left ankle, but still) in a game, in this case during the team’s spirited 123-117 win over Schroder’s old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Wednesday.
Starting center Anthony Davis sat out that OKC bout, but is considered probable (not available just yet, but probable) to play tonight against a Timberwolves team missing its own multi-time All-Star in power forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns, who has been out indefinitely since November with a right calf strain.
Two-way Lakers Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen Jr. will be getting in reps with LA’s NBAGL affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
Elsewhere on Minnesota, the Timberwolves will be playing without rookie swingman Wendell Moore Jr., who’s on assignment with their G League affiliate, while reserve shooting guard Jaylen Nowell is currently questionable due to a left knee tendinopathy.