“Lakers Falling Apart”: Fans Disheartened as Another Star Injured and Out Indefinitely

Published 10/11/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Oct 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes to his knees to pickup at the basketball and pass off as Brooklyn Nets guard Jevon Carter (0) defends during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


After a disheartening season which was marred with injuries and a misfit roster, the Lakers knew that they had to make some big changes for the upcoming season. Pulling off a massive trade and adding some underrated young players and well known veterans, the Purple and Gold looked set.

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Given that the Lakers had a long off-season at their hands, the team saw their biggest stars return to full fitness. Be it LeBron James coming back leaner and faster or Davis with a fully healed thigh, the Lakers’ looked set to look past their injury-laden season.

But it seems injuries haven’t left the team, though with many of their role players have suffered from injuries. Be it Malik Monk enduring a  groin strain injury or Trevor Ariza recovering from a surgery, the Purple and Gold have some serious injury woes.

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Lakers’ injury woes worsen with latest injuries

Ever since the pre-season has begun for the Lakers, injuries have become a constant for them. While Malik Monk started off his life with the Lakers in incredible fashion, he suffered from a groin strain and is doubtful for the start of the season.

The team’s injury woes have worsened it seems. The latest player to suffer from an injury setback is Talen Horton-Tucker. The 20-year-old who missed the latest pre-season game against the Suns with a right thumb sprain, has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Although there is no particular timeline to the injury as of now, a typical ligament injury generally takes about 6-8 weeks to recover. Given that their big three haven’t played with each other till now, it will be interesting to see how the Western Conference favorites deal with these injuries.

Fans react to Talen Horton-Tucker’s injury

Laker fans all around the world went berserk upon hearing THT’s latest injury. Given the number of players they are already missing, fans are worried whether this team can succeed or not.

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This is certainly a big challenge for the Lakers. With regular season less than a couple of weeks away, the Lakers’ shooting guard position is already slim. With Monk and Horton-Tucker out, the Purple and Gold only have veteran Kent Bazemore and possibly Kendrick Nunn, who can replace Wayne Ellington as the shooting guard. Can the Lakers’ cope up with so many injuries?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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