The Los Angeles Lakers were crushed last night by the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the Lakers’ offensive woes continue. The team is shooting horribly from deep in their first four seeding games, somehow much worse than they shot all season which was still considered to be average at best compared to the rest of the league. LeBron James has been off to an especially rough start (although his defense was amazing in the Lakers’ first seeding game against the Clippers), averaging BLANK on BLANK FG% in the Lakers four games so far where they are 2-2.
The Lakers play the second night of a back-to-back tonight against the explosive Houston Rockets. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that Russell Westbrook may be out tonight with a right quad contusion, but either way, it is now confirmed from the Lakers’ injury report that LeBron James will officially miss the game (first reported by Matt Thomas of Houston’s SportsTalk790 radio):
Lakers injury report for tonight vs. HOU:
Davis- sprained right ankle- PROBABLE
Morris-left hip contusion – PROBABLE
Caldwell-Pope- right ribs contusion -PROBABLE
Howard- sore right knee – PROBABLE
Caruso-left neck muscle spasms – QUESTIONABLE
James – sore right groin – OUT
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 6, 2020
Although the injury list is wrong, it should be noted that “probable” designations shouldn’t be worried over too much. It is concerning to see Alex Caruso on there as well as QUESTIONABLE with neck spasms, as he has had lingering back problems throughout the entire time of the Lakers being in the bubble.
LeBron James is out with a “sore right groin”, the only “injury” that has caused him to be on the injury report at all this season. It’ll only be The King’s fourth missed game of the season. The Lakers are 2-1 in the three games that he has missed so far. It’ll be interesting to see how the Lakers do with Anthony Davis going one-on-one with James Harden in terms of the superstar matchup between the two teams.
As LeBron has missed time before with this supposed injury and the fact that tonight is the Lakers’ second game in as many nights, we can probably chalk this one up to load management. However, we will update this story later if the injury is deemed to be serious.