The Los Angeles Lakers have sustained their first, new injury since the season began, as Avery Bradley will now miss the next 1-2 weeks at least. The absence is due to a hairline fracture that was revealed in an MRI last night, according to the Lakers’ press release. It’s unknown when this injury officially happened, as Bradley was held out of the Lakers’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, November 5th. Bradley did, however, return the following game.
Avery Bradley (hairline fracture, non-weight bearing bone of right leg) will be re-evaluated in 1 to 2 weeks.https://t.co/qsMyXZuorz
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 15, 2019
Avery Bradley has started every game for the Lakers in which he has been healthy for, providing very good defense on opposing guards while also being a sneaky scoring threat for the Lakers. He is currently averaging 9.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He currently has a Net Rating of 9.3 for the team, with a DRTG of 98.6. However, he has struggled from an area in which he was supposed to help the Lakers, the three-point line, where he is averaging 28.6%.
The Lakers will be without their starting point guard, but that shouldn’t be a problem with the Lakers’ depth at that position, especially with Rajon Rondo slowly returning to the lineup. This will present a challenge to Frank Vogel though, as he will have to shift rotations around. Bradley will definitely be missed on the defensive end, and he has shown the ability to get some easy buckets when in the pick-and-roll with Anthony Davis and/or Dwight Howard.
Hopefully, Bradley will be cleared when he’s re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks. Until then, we’ll have to see if the Lakers go with Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (the option they went with in the game against the Bulls), or possibly Alex Caruso/Quinn Cook.