Lakers recall Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly from D-League because of injuries

BY Jovan Buha • January 12, 2016

The Los Angeles Lakers recalled center Tarik Black and forward Ryan Kelly from the NBA Development League on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers are currently battling several injuries, with D'Angelo Russell (sprained right ankle), Kobe Bryant (strained right Achilles), Julius Randle (bone bruise in right foot) and Brandon Bass (corneal abrasion in right eye) each possibly sitting out for Tuesday's game with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Black and Kelly were assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' D-League affiliate, before the D-League Showcase last weekend, which ended up being a problem in Sunday's loss to the Utah Jazz when Russell, Bryant and Bass all sat out. The Lakers ended up having only 10 available players.

The D-Fenders lost on Saturday to the Canton Charge, and then again on Sunday to the Grand Rapids Drive. They are just 9-12 this season. 

Kelly scored 29 and 23 points over the two games. Black had 12 points on Saturday and 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday before fouling out. 

In seven games with the D-Fenders this season, Kelly is averaging a team-high 27.0 points (52.9 percent shooting and 37.5 percent on 3s) to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.

Black has also played in seven games, averaging 16.6 points (on 56.3 percent shooting), 11.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

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