During the Lakers’ collapse against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, both Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black suffered ankle injuries. The Lakers are in the midst of a four game losing streak, and the loss of two more rotation players couldn’t come at a worse time.
When healthy, the Lakers have been one of the most surprising teams in the NBA. However, the team has been plagued by injuries all season. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Tarik Black have all missed substantial time.
Both Clarkson and Black continually said they were “fine” after the game, but the team has listed both as “questionable” for tomorrow’s game against the Nuggets. With Nance already out, the Lakers would be thin in the front court if Black is unable to go.
After a rough stretch of games in December and early January, the Lakers schedule is about to lighten up. Over the next month, the Lakers play only four teams over .500 (the Pacers, Jazz, Wizards, and Celtics) and nine under .500. Despite sitting 15 games under .500, the Lakers have a chance to make a serious push for the playoffs over the next month.
Lakers Nation News
Lakers reluctant to play the ‘youth’ card as season goes on and losses pile up – LA Times
Lakers Coach Luke Walton wants D’Angelo Russell to keep shooting despite recent slump – LA Times
Lakers’ Ivica Zubac absorbing plenty of trash talk from D-League players – OC Register
Lakers hope added practice time this week can address defensive deficiencies – OC Register
Russell: People Panic When Lakers PG Not Doing Well – Basketball Insiders
Monday’s Lakers News: Trips back-and-forth to D-Fenders has drained Zubac – ESPN
Seattle mayor’s office, NBA strongly deny report that city ‘ducking’ calls from Commissioner Adam Silver – Seattle Times
The NBA may look to hold ‘some sort of midseason tournament’ in Mexico – Yahoo! Sports
The NBA’s coaches will vote on their own coach of the year award – Yahoo! Sports
Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson are headed for a ‘conversation,’ and a showdown – Yahoo! Sports
Adam Silver says NBA might speed up end of games due to millennial attention spans – CBS Sports
NBA Rumor Central: Nets willing to listen on Hollis-Jefferson? – ESPN
Carmelo Anthony: Waiving no-trade clause ‘not something I’ve thought about’ – ESPN