The Los Angeles Lakers are suffering one of the worst losses in franchise history and the biggest loss of LeBron James’ career. LeBron was visibly upset after his team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, which makes Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons all the more meaningful.
After losing to the Sixers this way, a loss to the Pistons would be a truly devastating blow. Detroit had lost 14 straight games heading into Wednesday’s game. No matter what happened in the previous games, losing such a good team is inexcusable for the Lakers.
That being said, the Lakers are still missing several rotation players according to the injury report. LeBron also found himself on the injury report, which could further complicate matters. Fortunately, LeBron’s case doesn’t appear to be as serious as others.
LeBron James is ruled out for Wednesday night’s game with a calf injury. But that’s nothing to worry about for Lakers fans, as it’s been that way since LeBron was injured a few weeks ago.
LeBron missed just one game due to injury, which seemed more about rest than anything else. LeBron has been listed as questionable in every game since the injury and has played in every game. Barring a last-minute setback, this game should be as well.
With that said, Wednesday marks the first leg of a back-to-back road trip for the Lakers on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It wouldn’t be surprising if LeBron sat out this game to avoid overtaxing his body.
Anthony Davis is also on the injury report, but his situation is similar to LeBron’s. He’s been listed as possible after missing every Lakers game recently with a hip/groin injury. Davis has played in all of those games and should be available Wednesday.
Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent and Jared Vanderbilt were all absent. Vanderbilt appears to have turned the corner and should be back soon. Hachimura had surgery last week on a broken nose and will be re-evaluated on Friday. Vincent is also scheduled to be reevaluated later this week.
Cam Reddish missed a few games with a groin injury, but it looks like he’ll be available against the Pistons. Reddish is listed as possible to return.
Detroit was dealing with injuries to several key rotation players on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic (calf), Joe Harris (shoulder) and Monte Morris (quadriceps) will not play. Bogdanovic and Harris appear to be free of serious injuries, while Morris will miss several months after suffering an injury in early November.
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