The Lakers look set to welcome LeBron James to the roster on Wednesday after missing Monday’s game with left foot pain. Lonnie Walker IV (non-COVID illness) is questionable after also missing Monday’s game.
Patrick Beverley, who not only missed Monday’s game at Utah but also Sunday’s game against the Cavs, will return to the roster after also dealing with a non-COVID illness. Anthony Davis is listed as likely with a lower back tightness while Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant both remain with thumb injuries.
Without James, Walker and Beverley on Monday, the Lakers lost their third straight game and their eighth in their first ten games. All three were regular starters for the Lakers in the opening weeks of the season, forcing a host of role changes.
Monday also marked the first back-to-back of the season, making it more interesting that LeBron sat out. While he’s struggled with a previous back-to-back injury, LeBron and AD sitting back-to-back could be a recurring trend going forward. Ham has mentioned his desire to play less against the pair this season, at least at the start of the year, although that may be a difficult task given the Lakers’ record so far.
Wednesday will also mark a run of more favorable opponents on the Lakers schedule after a daunting 10-game opener. While it’s not a make-or-break time this season just yet — obviously, since it’s November — things could get hairy real quick if the team continues to follow the direction it’s taken. In that sense, getting James, Beverley and potentially Walker back would be a big boost for purple and gold.
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