REPORT: Alex Caruso out for Lakers vs. Grizzlies after re-aggravating calf injury
According to head coach Frank Vogel, Caruso had been dealing with a calf strain and re-aggravated it during Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was initially listed as probable for the Grizzlies game before the decision to sit him out.
Alex Caruso re-aggravated his calf last night and is out tonight. Avery Bradley is obviously still out with his injury.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 23, 2019
Caruso has been a pleasant surprise for the Purple and Gold franchise this year, particularly on the defensive end. While his overall numbers are down, he has carved his role to the team as a solid backup guard and support player around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The 25-year-old fan favorite is averaging 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steal per game this year. He is also shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from deep and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
One of Caruso’s best performances this 2019-20 campaign was his 10-point, three-assist and three-steal performance against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 15. Interestingly, he followed that up with an 11-point outing in their next game versus the Atlanta Hawks.
The Lakers are currently on a six-game winning streak, the longest in the NBA and tied with the Milwaukee Bucks. However, LeBron and Co. boast the best record in the Western Conference and the NBA at 13-2.