Lakers coach Frank Vogel reveals injury updates for Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard
The Los Angeles Lakers can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Lakers lost Anthony Davis to an eye injury in a recent scrimmage, but the injury doesn’t seem to be too bad. While Davis was held out of Monday’s scrimmage against the Washington Wizards, he could have gone if the game actually counted.
Los Angeles also didn’t have Kyle Kuzma (ankle), Dwight Howard (knee) or LeBron James (rest) available for Monday’s game. But like Davis, none of these injuries are serious:
– AD has some discomfort still from being poked in the right eye.
– Kuzma turned his ankle in the last game, being held out as a precaution.
– Howard has some knee soreness.
– LeBron is just being held out as a precaution.
All of them would play in a seeding/playoff game.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) July 27, 2020
The Lakers are clearly just being cautious as they near their first real game back this week. The Lakers are slated to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday as part of Opening Night 2.0, and they’re just making sure all of their guys are ready to go for that much-awaited tilt.
LeBron looked good in the prior two scrimmages, so it’s no surprise he got Monday off. Meanwhile, Davis, Kuzma and Howard are all important cogs to the Lakers’ machine, so there was no reason to push any of these guys in a meaningless scrimmage.
Los Angeles is 49-14 on the season, which is good for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers are 5.5 games ahead of the second-place Clippers. Thursday’s matchup between the two LA squads should be a doozy, though the Clippers are currently dealing with some absences.
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