Los Angeles Lakers Player News: All Positions

News: Hart (knee) is available for Thursday's matchup against the Rockets, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: As expected, Hart will be able to take the floor after missing three of the past four games. His role has fluctuated throughout the season, and he hasn't scored double-digit points since Jan. 17 against the Thunder.
News: Muscala (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Thursday's matchup against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Muscala was expected to play, but he's apparently experiencing unexpected soreness in his sprained ankle. With Muscala out, JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler should play the majority of the Lakers' center minutes.
News: Chandler (neck) is available to play in Thursday's game against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chandler was dealing with a stiff neck coming out of the All-Star break, but it won't cost him any time as the Lakers' look to make a playoff push. Chandler could be in line for a few more minutes off the bench than usual with the absence of Mike Muscala (ankle) on Friday.
News: Muscala (ankle) is probable for Thursday's matchup against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Muscala was cleared to play during the Lakers' final contest before the All-Star break, but he never ended up taking the court. The time off seems to have done him some good, and he'll presumably be available Thursday.
News: Chandler (neck) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A sprained toe kept Chandler out of the Lakers' final game before the break, but he's now dealing with a stiff neck, and the Lakers will wait to see how he feels at shootaround in the morning.
News: Hart (knee) is probable for Thursday's game against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hart has been out three of the past four games, but the extra rest he's gotten over the All-Star break seems to have helped his right knee tendinitis, and he's expected to play Thursday. Since January, prior to suffering his injury, Hart was averaging 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 27.8 minutes.
News: James totaled 19 points (9-17 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 28 minutes in Team LeBron's win over Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Impact: He took flight in his 15th All-Star appearance, slamming home some of his trademark dunks in a come-from-behind win. In what has been a drama-filled season, James will head out of the All-Star break looking to lead his team to a top-eight seed and avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
News: Kuzma finished with 35 points (15-27 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 22 minutes during Friday's 161-144 victory in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Impact: Kuzma appeared intent on taking home the MVP award Friday, looking to score at every opportunity in the Team USA victory. There were multiple contenders for the award but ultimately it went to Kuzma who led all scorers on the night. Kuzma has been having a solid season for the Lakers, however, can be a one-dimensional player at times. The Lakers are going to pushing hard for a playoff spot and Kuzma should continue to be a primary focus on the offensive end moving forward.
News: Ball has resumed running on an anti-gravity treadmill but has yet to progress to any on-court work since spraining his left ankle Jan. 19 in Houston, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At the time he suffered the injury, Ball was projected to require 4-to-6 weeks to recover. The short end of that timetable has now arrived, but Ball's limited progress to date suggests six weeks -- if not longer -- may now be a more realistic target date for the point guard's return. Expect the team to provide another update on Ball's condition when the Lakers reconvene after the All-Star break. Rajon Rondo had assumed most of the responsibilities of initiating the offense when Ball was first sidelined, but the veteran has since slipped to a lower-minute backup role over the past two games while Brandon Ingram has stepped in as the new starting point guard.
News: Rondo totaled 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block over 34 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Impact: Rondo came off the bench for the second straight game, filling up the stat sheet in Tuesday's loss. Although he didn't start, Rondo got starter's minutes and was able to find success scoring, rebounding and distributing. His value won't suffer for the time being, but his minutes are sure to be reduced when Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Josh Hart (knee) return to action.
News: Bullock totaled 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds, two steals, one assist and a block over 35 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Impact: Bullock recovered nicely from a poor performance in Sunday's debut for the Lakers, finishing with a well-rounded stat line and canning three three-pointers. It was an encouraging performance for Bullock, but games like this are probably pretty close to his ceiling on his new team that already features some great scoring options.
News: Kuzma registered 19 points (8-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one block over 35 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Impact: Kuzma has been on a scoring tear as of late, averaging 27.7 points per game over his last three outings. That uptick in scoring has coincided with Kuzma catching fire from downtown, and he's drained 13 threes in that span on 52.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
News: James poured in 28 points (8-20 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 9-11 FT), 16 assists, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block over 43 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Impact: James produced his second triple-double in his last three games, though the Lakers still lost their second game in a row. In the wake of recent trade talks with the Pelicans, the Lakers seem to be in turmoil, but that hasn't stopped James from averaging 24.7 points, 12.3 assists, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals over his last three games. He looks to be fully recovered from a groin injury that forced him to miss 18 games and is a threat for huge games like this on any given night.
News: James (groin) is available and starting at power forward for Tuesday's tilt against the Hawks.
Impact: No surprise here, as James was considered probable heading into the evening. It was his third consecutive game with that listing, so it looks like the Lakers are just erring on the side of caution with the designation. Barring any setbacks, look for him to take on his usual workload.
News: Muscala (ankle) will play Tuesday against the Hawks, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: A sprained right ankle won't keep Muscala from playing during the Lakers' final game before the All-Star break. With Tyson Chandler (toe) out, Muscala could see some extra run.
News: Chandler (toe) is out for Tuesday's matchup against the Hawks, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: A sprained toe will keep the veteran out for Tuesday's game. In his absence, JaVale McGee and Mike Muscala (ankle), who is questionable, could see extra run.
News: Chandler is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks due to a sprained toe, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Chandler did not participate in shootaround, and given that it's the Lakers' final game before the All-Star break, the veteran center getting the night off certainly isn't out of the question. With Mike Muscala questionable himself with a sprained right ankle, the Lakers could be down two centers Tuesday night, leaving the door open for rookie Mo Wagner to potentially see an extended role off the bench.
News: Muscala is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks with a sprained right ankle, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Muscala apparently suffered the ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the 76ers, where he scored eight points in 13 minutes. With Tyson Chandler also questionable with a sprained toe, the Lakers could potentially be light on frontcourt depth Tuesday, which would likely result in Mo Wagner seeing additional time off the bench in relief of starter JaVale McGee.
News: James (groin) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: For the third straight game, James is listed on the injury report with a "load management" designation. The veteran ended up playing north of 30 minutes in each of the past two contests -- averaging 23.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.5 minutes -- and figures to do the same Tuesday, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
News: Hart received a PRP injection Monday and has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Hart has been dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee for a few weeks now, so the Lakers opted to play it safe and shut him down with just one game to go before the All-Star break. The second-year guard out of Villanova will be re-evaluated after the break, at which point a more concrete timetable for his return will hopefully emerge.
News: Kuzma collected 39 points (14-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 6-7 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Kuzma exploded offensively in this one, pouring in 23 points in the first quarter alone. He appears to have gotten himself out of the recent funk he was in, and Kuzma is likely to continue operating as the team's second-best scoring option behind LeBron James.
News: McGee produced 21 points (10-15 FG, 1-3 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: McGee was efficient offensively as per usual while delivering a massive double-double. He's up to six double-doubles through 49 appearances this season, which is twice as many as he managed in his last six seasons combined (three). McGee doesn't normally earn this many minutes, but he has been extremely effective alongside LeBron James here in 2018-19.
News: Bullock posted two points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three assists, two blocks, one rebound, and one steal in 31 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Bullock struggled offensively in his Lakers debut. However, he did hand out a few dimes and swat a couple blocks, thus salvaging an otherwise horrendous stat line. The fact that Bullock drew the start in this his first game with the team bodes well for his value moving forward. Still, this squad is a lot more loaded with depth along the wing than than the Pistons. As a result, Bullock might find it difficult to maintain the averages he was producing in Detroit, especially if Josh Hart's knee issues don't linger much longer and Lonzo Ball (ankle) returns in the near future.
News: James managed 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 33 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: James was listed as probable with the possibility of sitting this one out for load management purposes. However, he ultimately gave it a go and produced a well-rounded stat line (even if he didn't score as much as usual). Those in daily leagues will want to keep an eye on his status since the 34-year-old forward receives a night off for rest now and then, but the Lakers are also embroiled in a tight race for the playoffs heading into the final third of the campaign. As a result, James should be expected to deliver plenty of counting stats as he tries to will his team to the postseason.
News: Muscala had eight points (3-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two assists, and one rebound in 13 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Muscala played sparingly in his Lakers debut but wasn't shy about hoisting shots. His ability to stretch the floor will be useful on a team lacking big men with that skillset. Nevertheless, Muscala shouldn't be expected to hold value outside of deeper leagues.
News: Hart did not see the court during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Hart was listed as available to play despite previously being tabbed as questionable due to knee tendinitis. However, he ultimately did not receive a single minute of action. Hart saw just eight minutes during Thursday's win over the Celtics, this after sitting out Tuesday's loss to the Pacers, so it seems the issue is lingering. Furthermore, Hart hasn't scored a single point through two appearances (29 minutes) here in February and should be left on benches (or waiver wires) until he shakes off this injury.
News: Bullock is starting Sunday versus Philadelphia, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: In what will be his first game in a Lakers uniform, Bullock will be starting at guard Sunday replacing new teammate Rajon Rondo.
News: Hart (knee) is available to play in Sunday's contest against Philadelphia, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Hart was originally listed as questionable heading into Sunday's matchup but is reportedly good to go versus the 76ers. The former Villanova standout missed Tuesday's outing due to the knee injury and was only able to play eight minutes Thursday. It's unknown at the moment if Hart will see his normal workload of around 26.4 minutes Sunday however.
News: Muscala (not injury related) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the 76ers, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Luke Walton stated that both Muscala and Reggie Bullock were expected to make their Lakers' debuts Sunday. It's unclear how big of a role Muscala can expect to see, but he's a good option for the Lakers' when they decide to space the floor.
News: James is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the 76ers, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
Impact: James is once again listed on the report with a "load management" designation, but all indications at this point are that the four-time MVP will be on the floor Sunday. James played 38 minutes in Thursday's win over Boston, finishing with 28-points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals.
News: Hart (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 76ers, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
Impact: Hart continues to deal with tendinitis in his left patellar tendon, and while he was able to practice Saturday, the team will wait to see how he feels Sunday morning before ruling on his status. The Villanova product played just eight minutes Thursday against the Celtics, finishing scoreless with one rebound and one assist.
News: Kuzma put up 25 points (10-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes Thursday in the Lakers' 129-128 win over the Celtics.
Impact: One of several players rumored to be involved in a potential trade to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, Kuzma ultimately stayed put after Thursday's deadline passed. After a string of poor shooting outings, Kuzma bounced back nicely Thursday, but his production still figures to be somewhat volatile from game to game while he sacrifices some usage to a now-healthy LeBron James.
News: Rondo put up 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt), 10 assists and seven rebounds in 35 minutes Thursday in the Lakers' 129-128 win over the Celtics.
Impact: It was quite the memorable outing for Rondo, who turned in a stellar stat line and hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer to quiet the Boston fans that once cheered him. Rondo will be locked into a high-minute role as the Lakers' starting point guard until Lonzo Ball (ankle) is back in action and hasn't seen his production tail off in LeBron James' first three games back from a groin injury. In those contests, Rondo is averaging 14.3 points (on 46.2 percent shooting from the field), 9.3 dimes and 9.3 boards.
News: James registered 28 points (11-21 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-5 FT), 12 assists, 12 rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes Thursday in the Lakers' 129-128 win over the Celtics.
Impact: The Lakers weren't able to swing a deal for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis prior to Thursday's trade deadline, so it'll be up to James to carry the load as the 28-27 squad looks to secure its spot in the postseason. At least for one game, James proved up to the task, with quality supporting performances from Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma also helping the cause. For his part, James hasn't shown much rust in his first three games back from a long-term absence due to a groin injury, posting averages of 23.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in those contests.
News: McGee will start Thursday's game against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
Impact: With Ivica Zubac on the move to the Clippers, McGee will slide back into the starting role over veteran Tyson Chandler. McGee has been coming off the bench since mid-January, and he should see more than the 16.1 minutes per game he's averaged over the last 10 contests.
News: Muscala was traded to the Lakers on Thursday in exchange for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In order to free up a roster spot for the buyout market, the Lakers sent two players out while bringing just one back in Muscala. It's unclear if Muscala will be able to replicate the 22.1 minutes per game he was seeing in Philadelphia, but he's an interesting addition for LA as a floor-spacing five.
News: Zubac (finger) is listed as available for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: As expected, Zubac is good to go Thursday after entering the day with a probable tag. The big man injured his left middle finger last weekend but hasn't been forced to miss any time as a result, starting Tuesday's game against the Pacers and notching eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.
News: Kuzma (hip) is listed as available to play in Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: As expected, given his probable tag, Kuzma will play in Thursday's outing in Boston despite his lingering hip injury. It's been a struggle for Kuzma, who is shooting just 39.4 percent from the field in his last three games, but he should continue to get plenty of usage and plenty of open looks so long as LeBron James is on the court.
News: Hart (knee) is listed as available to play in Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Hart will make his return to the floor after being sidelined for Tuesday's blowout loss to the Pacers. He was dealing with tendinitis in his left knee, but it doesn't appear to have been anything serious. Expect Hart to take on his regular role off the bench Thursday.
News: James (rest) will play during Thursday's game against the Celtics, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, James won't take the night off for rest, and he'll appear in his third game back from a groin injury that sidelined him for over a month. Since returning, he's racked up 42 points, 21 rebounds, 18 assists and two steals in 70 minutes.
News: Zubac is listed as probable for Thursday's game in Boston due to a left middle finger injury, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: This is the second straight game that Zubac has appeared on the injury report as probable, as he continues to deal with an avulsion fraction in his left middle finger. There has not, however, been anything to suggest that the injury will cost the big man any time, so expect Zubac to continue playing through it.
News: Kuzma (hip) is probable for Thursday's matchup against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kuzma has played three games since a two-game absence due to a hip injury, so it appears his placement on the injury report is precautionary. Since returning, he's averaging 11.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 26.7 minutes.
News: James (load management) is probable for Thursday's matchup against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Lakers are entertaining the possibility that LeBron could rest, though the expectation is that he'll take the floor to face the Celtics. In the two games back since returning from a groin injury, he's averaging 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 1.0 steals across 35.0 minutes.
News: Hart (knee) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Celtics, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports.
Impact: Hart sat out the Lakers' embarrassing loss to Indiana on Tuesday with tendinitis in his left knee, but the Lakers hope to get the versatile guard back for Thursday's showdown with the surging Celtics. More information on Hart's status won't be known until shootaround in the morning.
News: Bullock (not injury related) is set to make his Lakers debut Sunday against the 76ers, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
Impact: Bullock won't be around the team in time to play Thursday at Boston, but he's planning on meeting the Lakers in Philadelphia prior to Sunday's action. A 38.8 percent three-point shooter, Bullock could help provide some stable floor spacing on the wing for Los Angeles. Depending on what happens ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, Bullock may start or come off the bench.
News: Kuzma finished Tuesday's game against the Pacers with 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and a rebound in 25 minutes.
Impact: Kuzma has struggled over his previous three matchups, so there's a chance his hip is still bothering him slightly. It's also worth considering whether the trade rumors surrounding the Lakers and the possibility of relocating to New Orleans is impacting his game. The Utah product is averaging just 11.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in three contests since returning from a brief two-game absence due to injury, and things won't get any easier Thursday in Boston.
News: Ingram registered 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and an assist in 29 minutes Tuesday against Indiana.
Impact: Ingram only took eight shots from the field on the night but managed to know down four of those attempts. He finished well below his season scoring average (17.2 ppg), although he did add some value for fantasy owners on the boards. Look for Ingram to play more aggressively in Thursday's matchup with Boston, something he'll need to do (especially when Lebron James is resting on the bench) in order for the Lakers to be successful.
News: McGee scored 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and tallied four rebounds along with a steal across 15 minutes Tuesday against the Pacers.
Impact: Although McGee put together a strong scoring performance, it wouldn't matter much in a blowout loss at Indiana. The 31-year-old has totaled double-digits in three of his previous five contests, however, and he's averaging 11.6 points along with 5.6 rebounds while shooting 67.6 percent from the field over that span.
News: James totaled 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, nine assists and a steal in 30 minutes Tuesday against the Pacers.
Impact: While James finished with the team lead in points scored, he also led the Lakers with six turnovers in a 136-94 loss on the road. The former MVP now has two games under his belt after returning from a groin injury that caused him to miss extensive time, and although Tuesday's performance was below average by his standards, he figures to return to form in the near future. James will take the floor next against Boston on Thursday.
News: Mykhailiuk will be traded to the Pistons on Wednesday along with a draft pick in exchange for Reggie Bullock, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The rookie has played in 38 games so far this season, averaging 3.2 points, 0.8 assists, 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 steals in just under 11 minutes per game. He will now join a Piston team where he will compete with a flurry of young wings in Bruce Brown, Luke Kennard and Khyri Thomas for minutes.
News: Hart (knee) is out for Tuesday's matchup with the Pacers, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Hart has been dealing with patellar tendinitis for a while, so the Lakers will exercise caution here. In his absence, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson should see some extra run off the bench. Consider him day-to-day heading into Thursday's game versus the Celtics.
News: Zubac (finger) will play and start at center in Tuesday's tilt against the Lakers, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as Zubac was slated as probable heading into the evening. He injured his finger in Saturday's loss to the Warriros, but barring any setbacks, he should take on his usual workload.
News: Kuzma (hip) will play and start Tuesday against the Pacers, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Kuzma was added to the injury report with a strained left hip, but he was never expected to miss the game. Over the past 14 away games, he's averaging 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals on 45.5 percent shooting.
News: Chandler (rest) isn't included on the Lakers' injury report for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Impact: Chandler has sat out three of the Lakers' last five games for rest purposes, despite none of those contests coming as part of back-to-back sets. Though he'll be available Tuesday, he looks like the third man on the depth chart at center these days behind Ivica Zubac (finger)) and JaVale McGee.
News: James confirmed that he'll play Tuesday against the Pacers, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: James was held out of Saturday's game against the Warriors for load management purposes, but as expected he'll return to action Tuesday night, which will mark his second game back since missing more than a month with a groin injury. James made his initial return Thursday against the Clippers and finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in 40 minutes.
News: Hart is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers due to left knee patellar tendinitis.
Impact: Hart has been battling tendinitis in his knee for more than a week now. While the issue hasn't forced him to miss any action, Hart has been particularly ineffective over his past five games, posting averages of just 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.0 minutes per game. Look for Hart to test the issue out during pregame warmups before the Lakers make a final call on his availability.
News: Kuzma is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers due to a left hip strain.
Impact: Kuzma, who has been bothered by a hip injury lately, carried a similar probable tag into Saturday's game against the Warriors and wound up playing 32 minutes. While all signs point to Kuzma suiting up Tuesday, the Lakers will likely wait and see how he feels after pregame warmups before determining his availability.
News: Zubac (finger) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers due to a left middle finger injury.
Impact: Zubac suffered the injury during Saturday's loss to the Warriors, and while specifics regarding the issue remain unclear, it doesn't sound like anything serious enough to keep the big man sidelined. Look for his status to clear up closer to tipoff.
News: James (rest) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Impact: It sounds like James will be available Tuesday after sitting out Saturday's game against the Warriors for load management purposes. In his first game back, the 34-year-old tallied 24 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 40 minutes of action.
News: Rondo recorded 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, eight rebounds, and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 115-101 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Rondo has logged a double-double in three of the last five games while tallying double-digit dimes four times. He has also swiped one steal in each of the last five games, stepping up on both ends with Lonzo Ball (ankle) sidelined and LeBron James (rest) appearing in only one of these recent bouts. James is likely to commandeer control of the offense going forward now that he is healthy, but Rondo is still likely to keep producing well-rounded counting stats for at least the next few weeks while Ball is out.
News: Kuzma finished with 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 32 minutes during Saturday's 115-101 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Kuzma appeared in his second straight game despite still dealing with the hip injury that recently cost him two contests. He has reached double figures in scoring in both of these last two tilts, but Kuzma has been held well below his season average in both. He'll look to bounce back during Tuesday's matchup with the Pacers.
News: Hart had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes during Saturday's 115-101 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Hart had been listed as probable due to a kneecap injury but ultimately was cleared to give it a go. He has failed to reach double figures in scoring in seven straight contests (and 11 of the last 12), but Hart's ability to affect the game in other areas is at least still helping him earn 20-plus minutes just about every night (less than 20 minutes only once across his last 29 appearances).
News: Zubac will undergo an MRI on Sunday after sustaining an injury to his left middle finger, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Zubac underwent X-rays after Saturday's loss to the Warriors but the results were inconclusive, so he'll see additional testing Sunday. According to Bill Oram of The Athletic, the 21-year-old suffered the injury during the first quarter, but opted to play through it since the issue was on his non-dominant hand.
News: Caldwell-Pope will start Saturday's game against the Warriors, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: With LeBron James getting the night off for rest, Caldwell-Pope will be re-inserted into the starting five. As a starter, he's averaging 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.7 minutes.
News: Hart (kneecap) will play Saturday against Golden State, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hart was previously listed as probable, so it's not surprising that he'll take the floor Saturday. He played 21 minutes during Thursday's overtime win over the Clippers, posting two points, three rebounds and two assists.
News: Kuzma (hip) will play Saturday against the Warriors, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Kuzma was previously listed as probable, so his availability isn't surprising. He played only 23 minutes during Thursday's overtime win over the Clippers, but could see more run here, especially with LeBron James (rest) out.
News: Chandler is out for rest Saturday against the Warriors, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: The veteran will get the night off against the Warriors. In his absence, Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee should see the vast majority of minutes at center.
News: James will not play Saturday against the Warriors due to load management, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: After missing more than a month due to a groin injury, James returned to play Thursday against the Clippers, getting 40 minutes of run during the overtime win. It seems the Lakers will opt to exercise caution, resting James Saturday. In his stead, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a strong candidate to draw the start.
News: Kuzma (hip) is probable for Saturday's game against Golden State.
Impact: Despite finding his name on the injury report, Kuzma is expected to play Saturday after logging 23 minutes Thursday night against the Clippers. The Lakers have likely handed their starting forward a probable tag as a precaution, as Josh Hart (knee) has also been designated as probable even after a successful return vs. Los Angeles.
News: Hart (knee) is probable for Saturday's matchup against the Warriors, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Hart was questionable ahead of Thursday's game against the Clippers, but he ended up seeing the floor, playing 21 minutes and posting two points, three rebounds and two assists. It's likely he'll be able to suit up again Saturday, though it appears he's less than 100 percent.
News: Chandler played 18 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers, finishing with four points (1-2 FG, 2-4 FT), five boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal.
Impact: Chandler had played just four total minutes over the Lakers' last three games, sitting out entirely in two of those contests for rest purposes. With Chandler cleared to play Thursday, coach Luke Walton elected to run a three-center rotation featuring the 36-year-old along with starter Ivica Zubac (18 minutes) and JaVale McGee (17 minutes). It's possible that Walton streamlines his rotation in future games, but Chandler would likely be the odd man out in that scenario rather than Zubac or McGee.
News: Stephenson offered 20 points (6-10 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes in the Lakers' 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Stephenson paced the second unit in scoring during the OT win and checked in second only to the returning LeBron James on the team overall. The mercurial veteran continued a red-hot streak from distance Thursday, one that's seen him drain half of his 30 attempts from behind the arc across the last six contests. The 28-year-old's usage does see its fair share of fluctuation, however, and it usually requires double-digit shot attempts for Stephenson to generate an appreciable scoring tally.
News: Rondo generated 14 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 36 minutes in the Lakers' 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Rondo's double-doubles usually come by way of a double-digit assist total, but it was his work on the boards that got him there Thursday. Due to his elite facilitating skills, the veteran point guard figures to benefit greatly from the return of both LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma to the lineup, as that should offer him no shortage of assist opportunities. Rondo now has two double-doubles in the four games he's played since returning from his hand injury, and he projects for a multi-week starting stint at minimum during the absence of Lonzo Ball (ankle).
News: Ingram delivered 19 points (7-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds and four assists across 44 minutes in the Lakers' 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Ingram logged a team-high amount of minutes while playing alongside LeBron James (groin) for the first time since Christmas Day. The 2016 second overall pick offered a solid encore to his career-best 36-point night against the 76ers on Tuesday, although his shot attempts were back down to more or less normal levels after he put the ball up 20 times in that contest, one that neither James nor Kyle Kuzma (hip) played in. Ingram's usage will undoubtedly take somewhat of a hit with James back in the fold, but he should still be a steady contributor across the stat sheet on a nightly basis.
News: Kuzma (hip) posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two assists and two steals across 23 minutes in the Lakers' 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: LeBron James' return from a 17-game absence coincided with Kuzma's own recovery from a hip injury, and it was the former that naturally drew the lion's share of the attention Thursday. However, the Lakers were certainly glad to have Kuzma back in the fold after a two-game absence as well, and the second-year pro was efficient with what was drastically reduced usage compared to that which he'd been logging with James out. While a modest eight shot attempts isn't expected to be the norm with James in the lineup, it's likely Kuzma's attempts settle back into a range of the mid-to-upper teens on average the majority of nights moving forward.
News: James (groin) produced 24 points (9-22 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 14 rebounds, nine assists and one steal across 40 minutes in the Lakers' 123-120 overtime victory over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Announced as having no playing time restriction prior to his surprise return from a Christmas Day groin injury that cost him 17 games, James bore that out by logging the second-most minutes on the team behind Brandon Ingram. The perennial All-Star's shot was a bit rusty, particularly from distance, but he made up for it with sheer volume, along with outstanding work on the boards and as a facilitator. James also was responsible for the go-ahead bucket in overtime, helping the Lakers avoid a loss after they blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead. Now apparently back to full health, James will look to conquer what's sure to be significant amount of residual soreness in time for a Saturday night showdown versus the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
News: Kuzma (hip) has been cleared to take the court Thursday against Los Angeles, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Impact: Kuzma was handed a questionable tag heading into Thursday's contest, but the Lakers will be relieved to have both Lebron James and Kuzma back in the mix for the first time in over a month. Kuzma was averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last five contests before suffering the hip injury.
News: James (groin) has been cleared to play Thursday against the Clippers and won't be on a minutes limit, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: As anticipated, James will make his return from a groin injury and will surprisingly be without a minutes limit despite a lengthy absence, although the Lakers will monitor their superstar closely. Expect a productive night from the former MVP as he should be properly motivated following the injury. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Beasley's minutes figure to take a hit with James back in the mix.
News: Hart (kneecap) is active for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Matthew reports.
Impact: Hart didn't miss any game time due to his injury but was questionable entering Thursday's game. He'll come off the bench and figure to see his typical role for the team.
News: James plans on taking the court for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: James was previously listed as doubtful for Thursday's matchup, but after going through pregame warmups, it appears he plans to make his long-awaited return following a groin injury. The Lakers have yet to announce whether their superstar will in fact play, but his status will be something to keep an eye on as tipoff approaches.
News: James (groin) arrived at the facility well before Thursday's game against the Clippers to go through a workout and determine whether he can play, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: James remains doubtful for Thursday's matchup in Los Angeles, but if he goes through his pregame drills and feels ready to play, there's no reason he should be held out. Expect an official ruling on the star's availability closer to game time.
News: James (groin) was upgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Lakers had already listed James as out on Wednesday, but the team looks to be leaving the door slightly open for a potential return Thursday night. Given that it's a doubtful tag, James will likely remain on the sideline as Los Angeles kicks off its six-game road trip, but what the upgrade to doubtful could mean is that the three-time champion could be on the cusp of making his return to the hardwood at some point on the trip.
News: Hart is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers with left knee patellar tendinitis.
Impact: Hart's presence on the injury report doesn't come as a major surprise after the second-year player first complained off knee soreness during a practice over the weekend. He's been able to play in the Lakers' subsequent two games but hasn't been particularly effective, tallying 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field to go with five boards, three assists and three blocks across 52 minutes. Even if he ends up taking the court Thursday, it's difficult to deploy him with much confidence in DFS contests.
News: Updating a previous report, James (groin) is listed as out for Thursday against the Clippers, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: While it looks as though James will miss at least one more game, coach Luke Walton indicated that his status "could change" between now and Thursday evening. James went through a full practice Wednesday for the second time in three days, and Walton said the Lakers will have a contingency plan in place should James deem himself ready to play Thursday night. Given that this is the longest injury absence of James' career, it's difficult to assess the situation, but as of Wednesday afternoon it seems more likely James would play Saturday against Golden State than Thursday.
News: James went through a full practice Wednesday and remains questionable to make his return Thursday night against the Clippers, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: James put in a full session for the second time in three days, though Luke Walton and the Lakers remain noncommittal about the four-time MVP's status for Thursday night. Walton said James "looked good" at Wednesday's practice, but he noted that the team will prepare as if James will not be available -- though he said he'll have a separate plan if that's not the case. Regardless, James appears to be nearing his return, so if he doesn't play Thursday, he'll likely be back in the mix Saturday against Golden State or Tuesday against Indiana.
News: Kuzma (hip) went through a full practice Wednesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: Kuzma took full contact and said afterward that it's the best he's felt over the last few days. The second-year forward has missed each of the last two games with a strained left hip, but he's hoping to get back on the floor for Thursday's matchup with the Clippers. The plan is for Kuzma to go through shootaround and pregame warmups before a final call is made.
News: Zubac recorded seven points (2-5 FG, 3-4 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 17 minutes Tuesday in the Lakers' 121-105 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: With averages of 19.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game over the previous five contests, Zubac appeared to have solidified his spot ahead of JaVale McGee in the pecking order at center. That wasn't the case Tuesday, however, as Zubac struggled to slow down Joel Embiid while McGee (17 points, 14 boards, two blocks in 27 minutes) had a resurgent game off the bench. Coach Luke Walton's usage of the two centers could be quite volatile from game to game, but Zubac has probably shown enough of late to warrant patience from those rostering him in fantasy leagues.
News: Rondo compiled five points (2-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 11 assists, seven rebounds, and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Rondo dished out 11 assists in Tuesday's loss, his third straight game with double-digits in that category. He is locked in for big minutes with Lonzo Ball (ankle) set to miss at least another few weeks and should be rostered in all formats for his upside in assists. The return of LeBron James (groin) could impact his numbers slightly but he will also provide Rondo with a more assured target on the offensive end.
News: McGee tallied 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: McGee returned to early season form Tuesday, delivering just his second double-double since early December. Ivica Zubac had been outplaying McGee but with Joel Embiid dominating inside, McGee was needed to provide at least some resistance. Despite fluctuating minutes over the past few weeks, McGee is still a borderline standard league player and hopefully, the return of LeBron James (groin) will have a positive impact on his overall value.
News: Ingram finished with 36 points (16-20 FG, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, and five assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 loss to Philadelphia.
Impact: Ingram went off for a career-high 36 points Tuesday, hitting 16 of his 20 shot attempts in an impressive performance. His lack of defensive stats capped his overall value but the scoring was nice and he has now dropped at least 20 points in four of his past five games. Ingram is one of the more vexing fantasy players with his occasional lack of enthusiasm and effort outweighing his upside. He remains a must-roster player in basically all formats but with LeBron James (groin) due back shortly, Ingram's production could take a slight hit.
News: Kuzma (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Sixers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kuzma, who sat out Monday's practice, will miss a second straight game as he continues to nurse a sore left hip. In his place, Michael Beasley and Moritz Wagner are both candidates to see increased run, while Kuzma's next chance to play comes Thursday against the Clippers.
News: Hart (knee) is available for Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Hart had to be taken out of Sunday's contest due to knee tendinitis, but even after failing to practice Monday, he's been given the green light to take the court Tuesday night. Hart hasn't been much of a scoring threat of late, averaging 6.2 points over his previous six matchups.
News: James (groin) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, Shahan Ahmed of NBC4 Los Angeles reports.
Impact: As expected, James will have to wait a few more days to make his return from a left groin strain. The Lakers are optimistic he'll be ready to roll by Thursday, although another update on his status will emerge closer to tipoff.
News: Chandler (rest) will play Tuesday against the 76ers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Chandler will be available for Tuesday's contest after being withheld from Sunday's game for rest purposes. The big man has seen his role dwindle over the past two weeks, as he's averaging just 3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes across his last six appearances.
News: Hart (knee) did not practice Monday, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: As expected, Hart was withheld from Monday's session due to knee tendinitis that cropped up over the weekend. While coach Luke Walton said he's hopeful Hart will play Tuesday against the 76ers, the Lakers will wait until closer to tip-off before determining his status.
News: Kuzma (hip) did not practice Monday and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Sixers, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: Kuzma has been bothered by a sore hip for the last few games, and the ailment kept him out of Sunday night's win over the Suns. Prior to that, Kuzma played 33 and 28 minutes, respectively, in losses to Golden State and Minnesota, and he went a combined 11-of-30 from the floor in those contests. Coach Luke Walton said Monday that he's hopeful both Kuzma and Josh Hart (knee) will be available Tuesday, but we'll likely have to wait until shootaround in the morning for a further update.
News: The Lakers are hoping James (groin) can return for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: While James hasn't officially been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup with the Sixers, it seems all but certain that he'll remain sidelined for at least one more contest before a potential return later in the week. The four-time MVP took part in full-contact drills over the weekend, but he wants to get a few more practices in before getting back to game action, per Ganguli. James has not played since suffering the strained left groin on Christmas Day in a win over Golden State.
News: Beasley pitched in eight points (4-12 FG), six assists, four rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 26 minutes in the Lakers' 116-102 win over the Suns on Sunday.
Impact: Beasley entered the starting five with Kyle Kuzma (hip) out of action and provided a serviceable, well-rounded line overall despite some shooting struggles. The veteran has been a solid contributor when given the opportunity this season, as most recently evidenced by his four-game stretch of double-digit scoring efforts earlier in January. Beasley's minutes are unpredictable when he comes off the bench, however, rendering him more of a waiver-wire option in deep formats for the time being.
News: Rondo contributed eight points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 assists, four rebounds and one steal across 42 minutes in the Lakers' 116-102 win over the Suns on Sunday.
Impact: Despite logging a game-high amount of minutes and the Lakers being down Kyle Kuzma (hip) in addition to LeBron James (groin) and Lonzo Ball (ankle), Rondo still remained relatively quiet on the offensive end. However, he made up for it with some of his trademark stellar work as a facilitator, racking up double-digit assists for the second time in as many games since returning from injury. Rondo clearly has free rein in terms of playing time while filling in during Ball's absence, so his fantasy value is currently robust across all formats.
News: Stephenson poured in 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and added four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 22 minutes in the Lakers' 116-102 win over the Suns on Sunday.
Impact: Stephenson's scoring tally led the Lakers bench and represented the mercurial veteran's second double-digit point tally of the last four games. Stephenson was a bit more aggressive than usual on the offensive end with the Lakers missing Kyle Kuzma (hip), LeBron James (groin) and Lonzo Ball (ankle). His 10 shot attempts marked only his third time hitting double digits in that category during January, and the fifth instance in which he accomplished the feat since the beginning of November.