The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Portland Trail Blazers for the second time in a week but this time around there are more stakes in the game. Friday night’s game is part of the In-Season Tournament with the Lakers heading up to Portland for the contest.
Los Angeles scraped by a banged-up Blazers team last weekend without LeBron James. James is dealing with a sore calf and opted to take the night off against a lesser Blazers team. The Lakers weren’t as crisp but it did not impact the final outcome.
LeBron has played since that game but still finds himself on the injury report ahead of Friday night’s game against the Blazers. Here is everything you need to know about his status.
Is LeBron James playing tonight vs Trail Blazers?
As of right now, LeBron is listed as questionable on the injury report with that calf “injury”. However, it is important to note that this is the same designation he received for the Lakers’ two back-to-back games that he played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Barring a last-minute setback before the game, fans should expect LeBron to play in this one. The Lakers have not been as cautious as they probably should be with the two stars and LeBron has made it pretty clear that he is stoked about the $500,000 reward for the In-Season Tournament winners.
Full Lakers injury report vs Trail Blazers:
Anthony Davis is still on the injury report with the hip/groin injury that he has been dealing with for over a week. Davis admitted after Wednesday that the injury is still bothering him some and that it is something that he simply has to deal with.
Davis has played through the injury already and he is listed as probable for Friday night, so all signs point to him playing through it again. This probably isn’t the smartest course of action considering AD’s injury history, but it is the course of action the Lakers are taking.
Jarred Vanderbilt, Jalen Hood-Schifino and Gabe Vincent all remain out of action but that is nothing new. No other players have been added to the injury report.
Full Trail Blazers injury report vs Lakers:
Third-overall pick Scoot Henderson is out and will remain out for several more weeks with a knee injury. Fellow starting guard Anfernee Simons is also still out of action due to thumb surgery and will remain out until mid-December at the earliest.
Veterans Malcolm Brogdon and Robert Williams are also ruled out. Brogdon has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury while Williams had surgery for a torn ligament in his knee. Williams is out for the rest of the 2023-24 season.