The Los Angeles Lakers could be shorthanded again when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Virtually nothing has been able to slow down the Los Angeles Lakers this season. They lead the Western Conference with a record of 32-7. The only true blemish on their record is a four-game losing streak in late December.
The team is currently riding their fourth winning streak of at least seven games. This one has been very impressive, as they have overcome a lot of injuries to keep this streak alive.
Davis has missed the last two games after suffering a gluteus maximus bruise against the New York Knicks from a hard fall. James battled an illness that forced him out of the lineup as well against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Not even that could slow down the Lakers, as they rolled with ease on the road against the Thunder despite Davis, James and Danny Green all sitting out. If they want to push their winning streak to eight games with a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are going to need some role players to step up once again.
Los Angeles has a pretty full injury report heading into the matchup against Cleveland. DeMarcus Cousins is still out as he rehabs from his knee injury. James and Avery Bradley are both probable with flu-like symptoms. Davis is questionable with his bruised gluteus maximus. Rajon Rondo is also questionable with a strained right ring finger.
In addition to the injured players, the Lakers will not have their younger players available, as Talen Horton-Tucker, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Devontae Cacok are all on G League assignment with the South Bay Lakers.
If any of those guys aren’t feeling near 100 percent, they should not play. Davis, who is dealing with a legitimate injury, should probably be held out and rested until he is 100 percent ready to go.
The Lakers have a five-game road trip looming that begins this weekend that they need Davis healthy for. Tonight’s game against the Cavaliers and the following game against the Orlando Magic they should hold their own even if Davis is held out so that his bruise heals properly.
Given their tags, it is likely that Bradley and James are on the court. Despite missing the game against the Thunder, Green isn’t even listed this time, so he will be playing as well. However, given their opponent, they should take every precaution in tonight’s game.