Lakers Injury Report: Bad News for Fans as Many Top Stars Out for Forseeable Future

Published 11/06/2021, 1:40 AM EDT
Nov 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Players separate Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) on the court in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most distinguished franchises in the NBA. Some notable NBA legends have played for them at various points in their careers. Their team in 2021 is no exception to this, with players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and others. A global fanbase of a star-studded Lakers team expects them to make the NBA Finals every season.

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Injuries are a part and parcel of every sport, as athletes sustain injuries almost every week. The NBA and its packed schedule with games within a gap of a few days exert a lot of pressure on its players to stay fit. The Lakers have experienced the rough side of injury concerns this season. Unfortunately, an older roster of players has contributed to this injury crisis.

Harrison Faigen on Twitter summarized the injury updates of the Lakers’ players. The team’s talisman LeBron James is out with a rectus abdominal strain. Anthony Davis (right thumb sprain) and Dwight Howard (neck stiffness) could be out for the next game as well.

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Other players that are injured include Trevor Ariza (right ankle injury recovery), Talen Horton-Tucker (right thumb injury recovery), and Kendrick Nunn with a right bone bruise.

The Lakers’ dismal start to their season has worsened with injuries to their star players. The 17 time NBA championship-winning franchise faces the prospect of failing to make the playoffs again this season.

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The Lakers‘ current crisis is a far throw away from their 2020 championship-winning campaign.

They suffered their fourth loss of the 2021-22 NBA season to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The latter seem to have figured out the former, as they thundered up with a comeback. The Lakers disappointingly surrendered a 26 point lead in an away game last week and a 19 point lead at home to lose to the Thunder two times this season.

Nov 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks the shot of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis scored 29 points and 18 rebounds in LeBron James’ absence. Russell Westbrook scored 27 points but missed a 3-pointer in the dying seconds of the game that could have tied the game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued his fiery form with 28 points to guide the Thunder to a 107-104 victory over the Lakers.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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