EL SEGUNDO — For the fourth consecutive recreation, the Lakers will have to do without Anthony Davis.
In opposition to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening, they’ll consider to make it four consecutive wins.
In the early morning shootaround, Frank Vogel verified Davis, who has been recovering from a bruised backside for additional than a week now, would overlook yet another recreation. As of Tuesday, Davis advised the media he had not sprinted nor taken contact. Wednesday early morning noticed some progress, but not much additional.
“He moved a lot additional,” Vogel mentioned. “It wasn’t live action. The coaches bumped him about a minor little bit striving to test it. He’s continue to not ready.”
With two times ahead of a five-recreation road excursion via the Northeast, the Lakers are hoping to get a apply incorporating Davis by Friday. They’ll participate in Houston on Saturday, and all functions would like Davis to return by then. If he isn’t ready to participate in ahead of the road excursion, Vogel mentioned the team could perhaps squeeze in live perform through an off-day via Boston, New York or Philadelphia.
Kyle Kuzma will get started for Davis for a fourth straight recreation. He’s stuffed in sturdy scoring generation in the final 3 contests, averaging 24.3 factors when taking pictures approximately 50% from the subject and about 35% from 3-point range. Kuzma’s generation has been a enormous purpose the Lakers have managed to skate by without Davis (and without LeBron James in opposition to the Oklahoma City Thunder).
“It’s genuinely been a great time for Kuz to climb the rope,” Vogel mentioned. “He struggled to catch a rhythm in this system early in the yr, battling the accidents and acquiring a new purpose than he had final yr. But just to get the minutes that he’s finding suitable now and to uncover an offensive rhythm and tighten up the defensive coverages, I imagine it’s an priceless time for him, in individual.”
Rajon Rondo (suitable ring finger non-displaced fracture) is also out for the recreation, his 2nd straight absence. Rondo was viewed right after apply carrying out individual skill perform with assistant Phil Helpful with a wrap on his suitable hand.