Lakers Injury Report: Vital Updates on LeBron James and Anthony Davis Before Miami Heat Game

Published 11/10/2021, 7:13 AM EST
Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts with guard Russell Westbrook (0) after his basket scored against the Houston Rockets during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers barely scraped through their last game against the Charlotte Hornets. And that was considerably a much easier matchup than the one they’re about to face. They will be welcoming the Miami Heat at Staples Center, a team that is at the top of the Eastern Conference and a 7-3 record. What could be worse is that LeBron James and six more of their players are on the injury report already.

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The Lakers really need to redeem themselves after all the hype that surrounded them because of their offseason moves. Their super team hasn’t proved to be super at all, and their injury woes seem to be a hurdle. Looks like it won’t be any different against the Heat.

LeBron James remains out, while Anthony Davis is probable

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The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t had a decent continuous run this season so far. Since last season, injuries keep on following them around and have had major consequences for them so far. Unfortunately, facing a team like the Heat would require all hands on deck, which the Lakers don’t seem to have.

LeBron James is definitely the difference maker for their team. However, he and Kendrick Nunn and Talen Horton-Tucker are listed out for the matchup against Miami. Austin Reaves, who has largely impressed everyone and has drawn comparisons to Alex Caruso, is probable because of a hamstring injury in his left leg, along with Rajon Rondo.

Rondo played a big role in helping the Lakers get their rhythm back when Westbrook was benched against Charlotte. Until he was also ejected for a flagrant foul. Finally, the real hero behind their eventual victory was Anthony Davis, who scored 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, and had 3 steals, is also questionable against Miami.

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The onus of the Lakers falls on Russell Westbrook

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This means that Russell Westbrook is in a do-or-die situation. Fans have already lost their patience, asking for him to be traded after his inability to lead the way for the purple and gold in Bron’s absence. Even though this was the sole reason for adding him to the roster.

His below-par performances are going to do no good against a team that dominates both ends of the floor. Jimmy Butler has been phenomenal so far, and already entering the MVP conversation for this season. However, some of their players are also probable for Wednesday’s bout. Two of them are Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, something the Lakers can take advantage of.

Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) moves in for a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

AD was questionable for the game against Hornets as well, but he still showed up. So, there is hope that Russ might have him to rely on. Of course, there is also Carmelo Anthony to contribute as a role player. If the Lakers lose this, they will have to face some brutal bashing. And considering how long their injury report is, it seems likely. Do you think they can pull off a miracle?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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