The Los Angeles Lakers have a little over a month left in the 2022-23 NBA season and every game from this point out is a must-win. Los Angeles is looking to climb up the Western Conference standings in order to secure a spot in the NBA Playoffs.
Once there, anything can happen as Los Angeles still has one of the best duos in the entire league in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. LeBron is currently out of action with a foot injury but the team has been able to stay afloat thus far. On Sunday, LA got past the Warriors with a dominant performance by AD.
The vibes around the team right now are great and for the most part, the news around the team isn’t so bad, either. Here is everything you need to know in our Monday Lakers news roundup.
Lakers news roundup:
- Dennis Schroder injured his ankle against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday and has been playing through the injury the last two games. Schroder played 33 minutes against Golden State, scoring 11 points with six assists and a rebound.
- Mo Bamba suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game against Golden State and was removed from the game after playing just two minutes. The Lakers called the injury a left ankle sprain and it is unclear how many more games, if any, Bamba will miss for the purple and gold.
- Scotty Pippen Jr. continued his tear for the South Bay Lakers, proving that he has real potential as an NBA rotation player. Pippen scored 34 points with four assists and five rebounds in a win over the Maine Celtics over the weekend. Pippen is averaging 23.1 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season. This came after Pippen scored the game-winning lay-up against Maine in the first matchup between the two teams last Thursday.
NBA news roundup:
- The Clippers won their first game since signing Russell Westbrook on Sunday, beating the Memphis Grizzlies without Ja Morant. The Clippers are now 1-5 with Westbrook this season.
- Morant is also not going to play against the Los Angeles Lakers. Morant was originally scheduled to sit two games for Memphis while the league investigated a video he posted on Instagram live of him with what appeared to be a gun at a nightclub. There is no timetable for Morant’s return, so he will likely miss more than the two games.