Lakers’ Alex Caruso still experiencing neck soreness, negative for concussion
The Los Angeles Lakers received some pretty encouraging news on the situation of fan-favorite guard Alex Caruso.
After taking an elbow to the head from Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba on Wednesday, Caruso left the game due to a possible concussion. According to Bill Oram of The Athletic, however, concussion tests for the third-year pro came back negative.
Nonetheless, Caruso apparently is still experiencing neck soreness but did practice Friday with the team.
Lakers say Alex Caruso was negative for a concussion after evaluations yesterday. Still had neck soreness but went through practice today. Expected to play tomorrow.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) January 17, 2020
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) January 17, 2020
Not only is Caruso one of the most-liked players in all of NBA, but the “bald mamba” is also a solid contributor for the top team in the Western Conference.
Caruso has appeared in 38 of the Lakers’ 41 games so far, and in 19.2 minutes per contest, he is averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game. The 25-year-old guard is also shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from deep.
In the third return of fan voting numbers for the 2020 NBA All-Star game, Caruso ranked fourth among Western Conference guards, ahead of players like Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker.
Alex Caruso joins fellow point guard Rajon Rondo and star big man Anthony Davis on the Lakers’ injury report. Rondo is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game with an apparent finger injury while Davis is listed as questionable with a gluteus maximus injury that has caused him to miss the last four games for Los Angeles.