Alex Caruso gets starting nod for Lakers vs. Pacers
Green is dealing with a hip injury.
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
The Lakers have played a little sloppy at Disney World. While they have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the West, Los Angeles is only 2-3 at Orlando.
Caruso is averaging 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for the Lakers in 62 appearances. The fan-favorite is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. Saturday will be Alex Caruso’s second start of the season.
After resting in the previous game against the Houston Rockets, LeBron James will play versus the Pacers, starting alongside Caruso. The four-time MVP and three-time champion has struggled with his shot at Disney World for some reason. James is shooting just 42.0 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from 3 in four games at Orlando.
For the Lakers to win the whole thing, James will have to find his shooting touch. No matter how special Anthony Davis is, Los Angeles is only going to win the title if James is the best player in the entire 2020 playoffs.