The Los Angeles Lakers were without LeBron James on Thursday, as they lost 113-97 to the Houston Rockets. Alex Caruso also did not play.
The game was a bit of a joke, as Quinn Cook also came into the starting lineup as Frank Vogel took JaVale McGee out to test out some smaller lineups. McGee actually received a Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision, not playing at all in the game. Vogel ultimately used a bunch of lineups that were — definitely experimental — resulting in the lopsided victory that won’t reflect the actual gameplan that the Lakers would use against the Rockets in the playoffs.
Either way, the Lakers have to re-focus and get back on track. There’s only three more seeding games until the playoffs start, with the team getting set to face the Indiana Pacers at 5:00 p.m. PST today. They provided their injury report, with a negative surprise but overall positive news (initially reported by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) August 8, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers will start Alex Caruso in place of Danny Green (hip) today against the Indiana Pacers, coach Frank Vogel says.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 8, 2020
It seems as though Danny Green has a sore hip, and will sit because of it. Who knows if the decision is more so being cautious or if the hip is really bothering Green. He’s had a horrid start to the seeding games for the Lakers, being the main culprit for the Lakers’ extreme three-point shooting woes.
Even without Danny Green, the purple-and-gold should have a great opportunity to win this game against the Pacers. Beating them won’t be an easy task, and if they do it surely will include some improved three-point shooting which would give Lakers fans plenty of comfort. LeBron James will also look to get back on track after resting for the Rockets game. He hasn’t scored about 25 points yet in the four seeding games that he has played in. Hopefully The King can help contribute some threes to the Lakers’ cause.