Things are looking great for the Los Angeles Lakers at this point in time. The team is 9-4 since the NBA trade deadline and has an easy slate of games on the horizon that can allow the team to climb up the Western Conference standings.
The purple and gold came away with a huge victory on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans that gave LA an entire game lead in the standings. Plus, it secured the head-to-head tiebreaker with New Orleans, which could have big implications later on.
Los Angeles now plays one of the worst teams in the league, the Houston Rockets, in the second leg of a road back-to-back. We all know what happened last time LA had a road back-to-back: Anthony Davis didn’t play. But what about tonight?
Updated Anthony Davis injury report vs Rockets:
Unfortunately, Anthony Davis will not be suiting up for the Lake Show on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets. While he did not suffer any new injuries and did not aggravate the foot, the Lakers have already determined that they are being cautious with their star big man.
Davis confirmed that as such as Tuesday’s game, stating that it is not his decision to sit these back-to-backs, it is the decision of the team and doctors.
Quite frankly, it is better if the team takes the long-term point of view with Davis and these back-to-backs, especially with his injury history. LA just has to now take care of business against a bad Houston team.
Full Lakers injury report vs Rockets:
Both LeBron James and Mo Bamba remain out for the Lake Show but that has been the status quo. LeBron is scheduled to be re-evaluated for his foot injury in just over a week. But if the team keeps playing this way without him, LA might be even more patient in bringing him back.
Outside of those two and AD resting, the Lakers do not have any other players on the injury report for Wednesday’s game.
Full Rockets injury report vs Lakers:
The Rockets have a clean bill of health, although it has not helped them win basketball games. Alperen Sengun (groin) is the only player in the injury report and is listed as questionable against the Lakers.
Sengun averages 28.3 minutes per game, so Houston would be playing without a significant member of the rotation if he indeed doesn’t play.