In a crucial matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to bounce back from a tough loss and get back to .500. However, their chances are marred by uncertainties in their lineup, with three key starters listed as questionable. The Lakers may be without the services of superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James, along with forward Taurean Prince. Davis is dealing with bilateral Achilles tendinopathy, LeBron has a left ankle peroneal tendinopathy, and Prince is sidelined with left knee soreness.
Adding to the Lakers’ challenges, Taurean Prince has been ruled out for the game due to left knee soreness. This marks Prince’s third absence this season, and the Lakers will need other players to step up in his absence.
In 41 games of action, Prince has put up 9.8 points a game while shooting 42.6% from the field while shooting 38.7% from three, along with 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
While facing setbacks, there’s a glimmer of hope for the Lakers with the probable return of Cam Reddish. Reddish, who missed the last three games with a left knee effusion, has been upgraded from doubtful to probable.
Despite his questionable status, LeBron James has been contributing significantly in recent games, averaging 24.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers in the past three contests.
The Lakers’ recent performance mirrors the inconsistency seen throughout the season. While they showcased promise with consecutive victories against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks, a lopsided loss to the Brooklyn Nets exposed their struggles.
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham acknowledges the team’s inconsistency and emphasizes the need to stop making excuses. Despite extensive analysis and focus on team principles, the Lakers have struggled to maintain a consistent performance.
With a critical game against the Portland Trail Blazers on the horizon, the Lakers find themselves in a must-win situation. The Western Conference standings add pressure as the Lakers aim to secure a victory and get back to .500 amidst a challenging stretch of injuries.