NBA Preseason Rosters: Lakers vs Warriors – Are LeBron James and Anthony Davis Playing Tonight vs Stephen Curry and Co?

Published 10/13/2023, 3:21 PM EDT

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It is that time again. We ponder what superstar is going to play or skip the NBA Preseason game. Since these games have no bearing on the record, teams manage their load carefully. They focus more on trimming down choices for the last few remaining roster spots. Therefore, superstars, even when they play, can be limited to under 20 minutes. LeBron James has thus far played only one of the three Lakers’ games. 

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After skipping the preseason opener against the Warriors, will he cross swords with Stephen Curry and Co. this time around? What about Anthony Davis who has his own injury concerns?

Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis play against the Warriors?

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At the time of writing this, there is no official update from the Lakers’ staff about these two players. James didn’t play in the game against the Kings, which occurred a couple of days ago. Thus far, he has lodged only 17 minutes in three games.

No, it isn’t a big concern. The Forward is resting himself for the rigors of the Regular Season. He will be 39 in a couple of months and needs to manage his injuries carefully.

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When it comes to managing injuries, Anthony Davis’ name is consistently floating. He has missed a ton of games during the last two seasons. However, because of his instrumental all-position defense and incredible overall chops, the Lakers gave him a massive three-year $186 million extension. Therefore, they would want him to be available for big-time action during the Regular Season.

After playing the first two games, he skipped the tussle against the Kings. He has lodged way more minutes than LBJ but the Lakers management will be treading with a lot of caution now. Without him, the balance can break apart in the absence of a big man. He is a necessary presence against top-quality Centers and there is no one in the Lakers who can cover the big men better. 

Therefore, if both players skip the game, it won’t be surprising. How have the Lakers’ depth looked in their absence?

The Lakers’ depth is serious

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This offseason, rather than hunting a big name, the Purple and Gold seized on the depth. They signed strong role players Taurean Prince, Gabe Vincent, Jaxson Hayes, and Christian Wood. They extended D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Rui Hachimura.

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Thus, the Lakers’ way is to build a solidity among different positions. The role players have done well in the absence of the key role players, and that is why they have won two contests.

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Whether LeBron James and Anthony Davis play or not, the Lakers are going to deal a serious challenge to Curry and co.

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Shubham Singh

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Shubham is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He became a fan of the NBA in late 2000s and his interest skyrocketed after Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks upset the Miami Heat in Six Games during 2011 NBA Finals. He loves looking into playing styles of different players and teams while also trying to analyse what circumstances shape a typical NBA game.
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Saumya Khanduja

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