Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Luke Walton Hopeful Julius Randle Can Return Soon
Larry Nance Jr: Lakers Don’t Want To Be In Lottery For ‘foreseeable Future’
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After a 9-9 start that nobody predicted, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. Unfortunately, the team is currently without its top two players in Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell and is facing its hardest stretch of games thus far.

The Lakers are 2-4 in their last six games, which coincides with both Russell’s and Randle’s injuries. With the Lakers heading out on a tough four-game road trip that includes four games in five nights, head coach Luke Walton is hopeful that Randle will be able to rejoin the team sometime during the trip.

The Lakers have clearly missed Randle’s all around playmaking ability and overall energy on both sides of the ball. Randle hasn’t committed to coming back on the road trip, saying he doesn’t want to risk the injury getting worse but is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s matchup against the Pelicans. Walton went with Thomas Robinson at the four against the Hawks and could follow with the same lineup against the Pelicans.

Lakers Nation News

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Lakers News

Surprisingly even Lakers gear up for tough four-game trip – LA Times

Dwight Howard Challenges Lakers Fan to Fight – TMZ

Lakers GM knew there’d be bumps in the road – USA Today

Lakers’ second unit emerging as first-rate performers – ESPN

NBA Rumor Central: Phil Jackson to return to Lakers? – ESPN

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell playing it smart with ailing knee, not sure when he’ll return – CBS Sports

NBA News

NBA rumors: Latest news on injuries, contracts, more – Sports Illustrated

UCLA’s Lonzo Ball putting himself in conversation for No. 1 NBA Draft pick – CBS Sports

J.R. Smith makes the wrong kind of NBA history in Cavaliers’ win over Sixers – Fox Sports

Could John Wall reunite with DeMarcus Cousins in the NBA?: ‘We talk about it all the time’ – Washington Post

Kevin Martin retires after 12-season run in league – ESPN

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