The Los Angeles Lakers’ week started well as the team went on its first winning streak of the season. Then it took a turn with LeBron James going down with a minor injury, the team blowing yet another huge lead to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Anthony Davis spraining his thumb with his status for the next game in question.
Here’s some of the bigger news stories of the week:
LeBron Out: LeBron James will reportedly be out at least one week after an abdominal strain suffered in a 119-117 win over the Rockets. It sounds like James’ absence is more due to being abundantly cautious but it is still concerning given the star had already missed a couple of games with an unrelated injury.
The Lakers are now 1-2 in games without LeBron this season, with both losses coming to the Thunder.
Anthony Davis banged up: AD has also been banged up this week. He rolled his ankle earlier in the week but managed to finish the game and play against the Thunder. Late in the first half of that contest, he jammed his right thumb and remained in the locker room well into the third quarter.
Davis was able to play the rest of the way and told reporters he was fine after the game despite some swelling and a loss of his range of motion. He also said he was unsure if he would be able to go on Saturday against the Blazers.
If he is unable to play, the Lakers would have very few options in the frontcourt. James and Trevor Ariza are out. The only true frontcourt players left on the roster are DeAndre Jordan, a banged up Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony.
Russ Rollercoaster keeps churning: Just as it looked like Russell Westbrook was figuring things out, we got another glimpse of bad Russ on Thursday.
Westbrook averaged 23.25 points, 7.25 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game last week while reining in his turnovers. But late against the Thunder, he mishandled the ball on a drive that could have tied the game, lost Lu Dort on a crucial defensive possession, and missed a three that would have sent the game to overtime. It marred what was an otherwise good night for the star guard.
Dame Time: We learned straight from the source this week that Damian Lillard met with LeBron and AD this offseason. And while he skated around calling it a pitch meeting, it sure sounds like it was a pitch meeting.
Reinforcements: Wayne Ellington finally made his season debut on Thursday. The shooting guard played eight minutes and made one of his five attempts from behind the arc.
#StayMe7o: Finally this week was the week of Melo. In four games, Carmelo Anthony scored nearly 21 points per game and made 19-of-31 (61%) 3-point attempts. Stay Melo, my friends.