After suffering a bone bruise almost a month ago, Larry Nance Jr. appears to be nearing a return to the court. The second year big man completed practices this week and was listed as questionable for Friday’s game. Head coach Luke Walton confirmed that Nance will miss Friday’s game.
The Lakers could deeply use Nance back in their rotation. The team has gone 4-11 since his injury and have seen their playoff chances dwindle as well. When healthy, Nance has shown improvement in Walton’s offense. He has improved his stats across the board including points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game.
With the Lakers slowly sinking toward the bottom of the standings, Nance should get a lot of time on the court once he returns from injury. The Lakers will start to look at their young core as the All-Star break and trade deadline approach.
Lakers Nation News
Ivica Zubac Shines in Lakers’ Loss to Nuggets – NBC
Ivica Zubac Shines in Lakers’ Loss to Nuggets – LA Times
Five things we learned from the Lakers’ loss to Denver – LA Times
Lakers’ Luol Deng is out ‘indefinitely’ with sprained right wrist – LA Times
Sources: Lakers’ Jeanie Buss meets with Magic – ESPN
Midseason Report Card: Los Angeles Lakers – NBA.com
TNT to debut NBA “Players Only” franchise starting Feb. 27 – NBA.com
Curry, Durant and four first-time starters highlight starting lineups for NBA All-Star 2017 – NBA.com
LeBron James says Gregg Popovich is greatest all-time NBA coach – ESPN
Buy, sell or stand pat: What each team should do before the NBA trade deadline – CBS Sports
Seattle’s re-introduction back into the NBA may not be ‘looming,’ exactly – Yahoo! Sports