A lot for a wholesome begin to the season. With lower than per week till their season opener towards the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers have 5 names on their harm report: Trevor Ariza (proper ankle surgical procedure), Talen Horton-Tucker (proper thumb surgical procedure), Malik Monk (proper groin pressure), Kendrick Nunn (proper ankle sprain) and Wayne Ellington, who was a late addition to Tuesday’s harm report because of soreness in his left hamstring.
Whereas Vogel stated he’s remained “hopeful” that Nunn and Monk shall be obtainable on Opening Evening, he revealed that Ellington’s harm might maintain him sidelined.
“Wayne, really, his MRI revealed a pressure in his hamstring as effectively,” Vogel stated at follow on Tuesday. “Grade 1, nonetheless shall be re-evaluated in per week. It’s nonetheless attainable to decorate Opening Evening however he might doubtlessly not be in there. We’ll must see all three of these guys progress over the following week.”
Ellington bought a good quantity of run for the Lakers within the preseason, however he struggled with the alternatives he was given. By way of 4 video games, the veteran capturing guard averaged 5.5 factors on 28.6% capturing from the sphere and 25% capturing from behind the arc.
Nonetheless, Ellington’s profession numbers counsel that these numbers will steadily rise as he will get extra reps. Final season, Ellington shot 42.2% from 3-point vary on 6.0 makes an attempt per recreation and for his profession, he’s a 38.2% 3-point shooter. It’s protected to imagine the Lakers wish to have him again as quickly as attainable in order that he can get into that capturing rhythm.
Within the meantime, the Lakers could have the choice to lean on somebody who did stand out within the preseason, Austin Reaves. In his 4 preseason appearances for the Lakers, Reaves has averaged 8 factors per recreation on 44.4% capturing from the sphere and 42.9% from deep. The one participant on the crew capturing a better proportion on extra makes an attempt is Monk, who’s averaging 47.1% from 3-point vary on 5.7 makes an attempt per recreation.
Clearly it’s disappointing that the Lakers received’t begin the season totally wholesome, particularly given the development of their roster, however the hope is that that is the worst of their luck with accidents.
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