When the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, they will be without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Patrick Beverley.
Injury Status of LeBron James and Anthony Davis
UPDATE: LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (illness) are probable to participate in Friday’s matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.
All three starters have been sidelined by injuries, casting a gloomy cloud over the Lakers’ current extended road trip.
However, the injuries sustained by all three players appear to be minor. LeBron has left ankle pain, while AD is suffering from a non-COVID illness. Beverley, on the other hand, is out of commission due to a minor knee injury.
Darvin Ham, the Lakers’ head coach, revealed that all three players are currently “day-to-day,” which means that all three could be available against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
It’s worth noting that Wednesday’s game against the Raptors is the second night of a back-to-back set, which most likely influenced the team’s decision to rest their three starters.
The Lakers will require their stars to return as soon as possible. They are coming off a tough loss to the Cavs on Tuesday, and another loss to a relatively full-strength Raptors team is a real possibility.
Despite their recent surge, the Lakers remain in 13th place in the Western Conference. The race in the West is extremely close right now, so as long as the Lakers can keep the boat afloat in their next few games, they should be in good shape heading into the new year.