The Los Angeles Lakers finished off a dominant win over the Memphis Grizzlies late on Tuesday night and instantly had to get back on the horse for the team’s next game the next day against the Sacramento Kings.
Back-to-backs are a natural part of the NBA calendar that every team has to deal with. However, back-to-backs are more impactful to some teams with the Lakers being one of those teams. That is what happens when one of the stars is 38 and the other has a history of getting injured.
LeBron James playing in the second leg of a back-to-back is always up in the air. It is even more in question after the Lakers released their injury report for Wednesday.
Is LeBron James playing tonight vs the Kings?
LeBron James missed one game against the Portland Trail Blazers and returned to action against the Grizzlies. That didn’t matter with his inclusion on the injury report as LeBron has officially been listed as questionable with the same calf injury that caused him to miss Sunday.
At the time of writing this, the Lakers have not announced whether or not he will play. However, the team including him on the injury report simply seems procedural. LeBron has already played back-to-backs this season and he only played 23 minutes on Tuesday against the Grizzlies.
LeBron likely didn’t play on Sunday that way he would be able to play in the back-to-back as the Lakers likely didn’t want him playing three games in four days. If there was one game for LeBron to miss, it was Sunday against a really bad Portland team.
Nothing is official at the time of writing, but fans should expect LeBron to play. Be sure to check back here for updates.
Full Lakers injury report vs Kings:
Anthony Davis has also been added to the injury report but the reason is more of the same. Because it is AD and he already missed a game earlier this season, it was a no-brainer that he would at least be listed on the injury report.
Davis is listed as probable with his hip/groin injury that caused him to miss time last week. Davis has looked completely fine in the last three games and fans should not worry about him missing this contest, barring some kind of last-second setback before kickoff.
Jalen Hood-Schifino, Gabe Vincent, and Jarred Vanderbilt all remain out. However, Vanderbilt did receive a promising injury update earlier this week.
Full Kings injury report vs Lakers:
De’Aaron Fox made his return to action on Monday for the Kings after missing several weeks of action. Fox is not listed on the Kings’ injury report for Wednesday so he has the green light to play against the purple and gold.
The only two players on the injury report for the Kings are Trey Lyles and Alex Len. Lyles is out with a calf injury while Len is out with an ankle sprain that he suffered on Monday.