LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma probable vs. Raptors despite injuries
A timely update has been provided on the status of the Los Angeles Lakers trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma and their fitness ahead of LA’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Lakers insider and ClutchPoints’ own Ryan Ward reports that all three players are probable to suit up against the defending champs despite their respective injuries:
Lakers' Anthony Davis (sore right eye), LeBron James
(sore right groin) and Kyle Kuzma (right ankle
sprain) are all considered PROBABLE for tomorrow's game against the Raptors.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) August 1, 2020
The Lakers have been notoriously conservative when it comes to their injury report this season, particularly with Davis. The star big man has pretty much been on the injury report all season long, but has been able to suit up for his team for the most part. With this, it would not be surprising at all if the Lakers allow Davis — and LeBron and Kuzma as well — to take the floor on Saturday.
Then again, the Lakers are sitting pretty comfortably as the Western Conference 1-seed. Their opening night victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday gave them a six and a half game cushion against the second-placed Clippers our West. This being the case, LA could opt to play it safe with their three best players and give one or two of them the night off on Saturday.
It is also worth noting that James himself admitted that he was completely exhausted following their hard-fought victory against the Clippers. A night off might just be what the 35-year-old needs right now, and this might be a determining factor for LA’s decision on LeBron’s status on Saturday.