Lakers Injury News: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Diagnosed With Achilles Strain, Ruled Out Against Thunder
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Already without Lonzo Ball for a second-straight game and eighth overall this season, the Los Angeles Lakers possibly Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to injury just before halftime of Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Caldwell-Pope suffered the injury when Andre Roberson rolled into his right leg while the two went after a loose ball. The collision caused Caldwell-Pope’s ankle to bend inward, and he attempted to remain in the game before walking gingerly off the court.

According to team reporter Mike Trudell, Caldwell-Pope was diagnosed with an Achilles tendon strain and after attempting to to warm up for the second half, it was determined he would not return

Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points, had one rebound and two assists in 15 minutes on the night. Following a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Caldwell-Pope said he felt a need to be more aggressive so long as Ball and Brandon Ingram were out.

Josh Hart started the second half in place of Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers presumably will rely more heavily on some combination of Jordan Clarkson and Hart, and potentially Gary Payton II who signed a two-way contract with the team earlier this week.

Caldwell-Pope entered the night averaging 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season. He’s recently increased his production and consistency since completing a 25-day sentence for violation of his probation.

After concluding their three-game road trip on Wednesday, the Lakers return home for three games at Staples Center, beginning Friday. They play every other day through Jan. 23.

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