After a tough loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, the Lakers look to start a new win streak on the road against the San Antonio Spurs tonight. This is the first time that the Lakers have left Los Angeles in the new season, and they will be away from home for the next four games, with a pair of games each against the Spurs and Grizzlies.
The Lakers will be without key rotation player and fan-favorite Alex Caruso, who is being held out of the game in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocol. It was also reported by Dan Woike that Caruso did not travel with the team.
Lakers guard Alex Caruso didn't travel with the Lakers to San Antonio. He's still in the league's health and safety protocols.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 29, 2020
While this weakens the team’s depth, the large rotation that Vogel has used so far this year won’t be overly affected by the loss of Caruso. Guys like Talen Horton-Tucker will have to step up to fill in for the loss of the Bald Mamba.
As a side note, LeBron James turns 36 years old today! The King is questionable against the Spurs with a left ankle sprain, but he played through the injury against the Blazers on Monday night. It will be a case of rest more than likely if James is held out of the contest.
The Spurs are coming off of two days of rest following a 98-95 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan leads the team in points with 21 ppg and assists per game at 9. San Antonio started 2-0 before their loss in New Orleans and start a three-game homestretch that spans across the new year.
Tip-off for the game is at 5:30 PST and can be viewed on Spectrum SportsNet or Fox Sports Southwest. We as always will live-tweet the game on our Twitter account, @LakersOutsiders.