The Los Angeles Lakers are at a do-or-die point in the season. Los Angeles needs to win games in order to get into the NBA Playoffs and will have to do so without LeBron James for the foreseeable future.
LeBron should be able to return for a potential playoff run but the team is going to have to take care of business without him to even be in that spot. If things really start to fall apart without him, there is a chance that we have seen the last of LeBron this season.
Making things harder on Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies was the fact that D’Angelo Russell was still out, missing his second game in a row. Now, the Lakers are going to have an even tougher go of things without their other star as well.
Latest Anthony Davis injury update:
Anthony Davis has made great strides since returning from a right foot injury that held him out for over a month. However, with Wednesday being the second leg of a back-to-back (and the second of three in four days), it looks like the Lakers are taking a cautious approach with their star power forward.
Lakers fans just have to hope that this is a load management situation and not something more serious. However, since it is the same injury and he did not appear hurt against the Grizzlies, it likely is the former.
Full Lakers injury report vs Thunder:
The worst part about Anthony Davis being out of this game is that D’Angelo Russell is not even making his return. Russell, who has missed the last two games (ankle), has officially been listed as out for this contest.
All in all, the Lakers will be without Russell, LeBron and Davis. Nobody else on the roster is on the injury report.
Full Thunder injury report vs Lakers:
Chet Holmgren has obviously been out for the entire season and Aleksej Pokusevski has been out since December. That is not new when it comes to the Thunder injury report.
Los Angeles may get some help, though, as it does not appear that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to suit up in this game. SGA was already dealing with an abdominal injury and entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday.
Because of the timing (and the fact that the Lakers are without their three best players), SGA probably will sit this one out for the Thunder.