The Los Angeles Lakers have been the healthiest team in the league thus far this season, but one wouldn't know it by looking at their injury report on Sunday. The Lakers already knew they would be missing rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell against the Jazz as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle, but the team is now also going to be missing forward Kobe Bryant as well due to a strained right Achilles tendon, according to Baxter Holmes of ESPN.
Before mass panic ensues, this is not the same Achilles Bryant tore in 2013, ending his season and kicking off a three-year stretch in which the future Hall-of-Famer's season was ended early due to an injury. However, Bryant will have now missed three of the Lakers last six games, calling in to question about whether or not his body can sustain its current workload. The 37-year old is leading the Lakers in usage rate in his 20th NBA season, with Bryant using 30.8% of the team's possessions while on the floor.
Brandon Bass has also been ruled out against Utah with a corneal abrasion after being poked in the eye against Oklahoma City, meaning Lakers head coach Byron Scott will have to make quite a few adjustments to a rotation he was not planning on changing for at least the next five games.
All stats per NBA.com