Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s 120-94 win over the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at Staples Center. While Caldwell-Pope didn’t return, he and the Lakers got some good news after the game.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, X-Rays on Caldwell-Pope’s left ankle came back negative. He will be re-evaluated on tomorrow.
Caldwell-Pope sustained the injury when he landed from a layup attempt that he missed. The strange (and scary) thing about his injury, though, is that it didn’t look like he rolled his ankle:
It didn't look like KCP rolled his ankle...looked like he was holding his Achilles. Hopefully not. pic.twitter.com/ao9exnGaVk— gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 14, 2019
We’ll have a better idea of what Caldwell-Pope’s injury is and whether or not he’ll miss any time on Thursday.
Caldwell-Pope has become the player Lakers fans love to hate over the last two seasons, but when you take his inefficient shooting and questionable decision-making skills out of the picture, he’s actually a pretty productive player. Through 11 games, Caldwell-Pope is posting the second-best defensive rating on the team (95) behind Alex Caruso (93.8).
The Lakers could definitely use more from the 26-year-old guard — especially with the contract he signed this past summer — but it’s not like he doesn’t offer anything for he team. Defensively, he’s one of the best players the Lakers have.
Caldwell-Pope is averaging 5.3 points on 35.8% shooting from the field, including 22.7% from behind the arc in 19.6 minutes per game. He is also averaging 2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
His status will be updated on Thursday.