Lakers Injury Report: LeBron James May Yet Again Dodge Victor Wembanyama Matchup

Published 12/14/2023, 7:31 PM EST

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Looking to repeat their success against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, the Lakers hoped to have LeBron James join them too. In the latest injury report, though, it looks like James might yet again miss another eagerly anticipated matchup between himself and Victor Wembanyama. The purple and gold had managed to overpower a struggling San Antonio on Wednesday night.

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Despite Wemby’s brilliant double-double and a 45-point scare in the fourth quarter, Anthony Davis and co. ensured they wouldn’t lose the momentum they gained the past few games. The Lakers won 122-1119.

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The most recent injury report has listed King James as ‘questionable’ for their next meetup as well. His left calf contusion seems to making its appearance once again. Along with him, Davis and Taurean Prince are also on the same list.

That’s three already, with a 50-60 possibility. The team has another three that are ‘Out’ – Jalen Hood-Schifino, Maxwell Lewis, and Gabe Vincent. And finally, we have Jarred Vanderbilt on the ‘probable’ list. The worst-case scenario is that seven of the Lakers will not take the floor, where three are key pieces for their victory.

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Last night saw the teaser of a Los Angeles team without Bron. While their struggles were apparent, Coach Ham and the training staff have been trying to even out the playfield, ensuring that the lion’s share does not fall on one person.

With Cam Reddish, Austin Reaves, Prince, and D’Angelo Russell evolving their game and stepping up to their roles, LeBron’s Lakers might yet have a chance for redemption. However, the same can’t be said of Pop’s Spurs.

San Antonio is in desperate need of a makeover

The Spurs have a rich history going back decades. One of the four ABA franchises to stay intact after the merge, top names in NBA history have taken the court with the Spurs jersey on. The San Antonio Spurs command respect that only a handful of teams in the league can boast.

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But the franchise has been struggling in ways that are borderline depressive. Under the tutelage of Gregg Popovich and the drafting of Victor Wembanyama, fans of the Silver and Black hoped to reverse their luck. Unfortunately, that’s not happening. On an 18-game losing streak, the Spurs are looking for any chip in their opponents’ armor that can be taken advantage of.

It’s true that they are in a rebuilding stage. More specifically, building a roster around the “generational talent”. Unfortunately, that isn’t going as well as Pop must have predicted. If San Antonio is looking to clinch a title with the Frenchman, the only answer would be that it’s too early.

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Drafting the 19-year-old was just the first step in the process. What Pop and the staff can do is ensure Wemby has a terrific rookie season. Having a point guard like Tre Jones show him the ropes, using his shot-making abilities to take more shots from inside the arc, and putting an active veteran mentor on him can do Wemby a world of good.

Hopefully, the Spurs can figure out a way to expand on the skill-set Wembanyama brings to the table and take off from there. Sooner rather than later.

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