The Los Angeles Lakers escaped San Antonio with a win after giving up a 19-point second-half lead but paid the price for their complacency in the injury report. Starting point guard Avery Bradley was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter and did not return after suffering a lower leg injury.
The Lakers are calling the ailment a lower leg contusion and Bradley, who has started every game for the Lakers thus far, will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.
The Lakers are already a little short-handed in the point guard spot with Rajon Rondo still to play this season. Rondo has also been listed as day-to-day with a calf injury but his body has seemingly reacted poorly to treatment thus far, leading to the Lakers keeping him out of practices.
The Lakers entered the season with major question marks about who would be in their point guard rotation with Rondo, Bradley, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all possible players at the position.
Two weeks into the season, Bradley and Caruso seem to have distinguished themselves as the best all-around players, especially with their defensive prowess. Bradley, in particular, has been a menace at hounding opponents’ dribbles to mess with their rhythm or force turnovers.
It’s not yet clear if Bradley will have to sit out the Lakers’ next game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. If he does, Caruso may get the nod to take the starting position in his place.