The Los Angeles Lakers will go into Friday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a handful of names on the injury report but with the exception of DeMarcus Cousins, who will likely miss the season with a torn ACL, no one has been ruled out yet — not even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
According to the injury report released by the team on Thursday, Caldwell-Pope is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Kings. Caldwell-Pope suffered a scary-looking ankle injury on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors. X-Rays showed no fractures, but there was a fear that Caldwell-Pope wasn’t in the clear yet. So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Caldwell-Pope has averaged 5.3 points on 35.8% shooting from the field, including 22.7% shooting from 3-point range.
The Lakers also announced that Avery Bradley and Anthony Davis are probable to play on Friday. Davis sat out of Wednesday’s game with shoulder and rib soreness. Davis injured his shoulder against the Hornets and he said he’s felt some discomfort since, but apparently it’s nothing he can’t play through. The same can be said of Bradley, who suffered a left leg contusion against the Spurs last week but has only missed one game since then.
Bradley and Davis are part of a Lakers starting lineup that has posted a +6.5 net rating in the 103 minutes they’ve played together. If both Bradley and Davis are good to go, it’s safe to assume Vogel will play his usual starters against the Kings. Vogel has only used three different starting lineups this season, and they’ve all been due to injury.
The Lakers and Kings will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. PST on Spectrum SportsNet.