The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Las Vegas to face the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, still trying to navigate through the first stretch of play as healthy as possible. Byron Scott intends to play D'Angelo Russell off the bench again following his return against Maccabi Haifa, and will run the same starting lineup with Anthony Brown sliding in at small forward.
Roy Hibbert let the training staff know he was feeling knee pain, but it's not considered serious. The staff did not run an MRI on his knee, and he is officially listed as "probable" to match up against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings. Hibbert told Scott he'd be ready to play tomorrow, as reported by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, so hopefully this is the last we hear of it going forward.
Marcelo Huertas has been ruled out Wednesday against the Kings, but Brandon Bass is considered probable and participated in full five-on-five drills at practice. Julius Randle has done well with the clear opportunity to seize the power forward position, looking like a lock to keep his place in the starting five.
Russell said he felt less flexible because of his injury, but it wasn't much of a setback. He did a great job conducting the offense when he checked in, and easing him back into action is fine as the team works toward a successful preseason phase. Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell doesn't think there's any reason to be worried about whether Russell wasn't the starting point guard opening night, noting preseason lineups are just that.
The Lakers' game against the Kings tips off at 7 p.m. PT.