Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leave the game early with injuries
The Los Angeles Lakers have been plagued with numerous injuries involving their key players. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were injured and left the game early as a result, according to Mike Trudell of ESPN.
“KCP is out. Gave it a try at halftime, but said he couldn’t go.”
“KCP has a right Achilles tendon strain and is questionable to return.”
“Kyle Kuzma will not return due to a left hand fifth MP (metacarpal phalangeal) joint sprain.”
None of these injuries are good for the Lakers, who have already handled injuries with their rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. After losing Caldwell-Pope to jail-time prior to the start of 2018, he returned to the Lakers after his sentence and started to play well for the team again.
Now, he has sprained his Achilles tendon and didn’t feel comfortable enough to play after halftime. Kuzma has been a steady contributor to the Lakers and will now miss some time due to a joint sprain in his hand.
These injuries mark another rotational disaster for the Lakers. Caldwell-Pope will definitely miss significant time. Kuzma, on the other hand, could be out a few games, which removes two quality scorers from the Lakers’ lineup.
Also, Ball is set to miss at least three games with a leg injury. The Lakers are 15-29 in the season, so the time for the Lakers to make the postseason is likely over. However, these injuries will hurt the Lakers as they try to build positives from an otherwise disappointing season.