The Los Angeles Lakers are already fairly thin at point guard thanks to roster construction. Once a hairline fracture was found in Avery Bradley’s right leg, things stretched even further, and now apparently Alex Caruso is nursing a strained calf. So we have one question:
WHO THE HELL DARED TO INJURE OUR LARGE ADULT AND SLIGHTLY BALDING SON? WE WILL FIND YOU AND END YOU.
We would also ask if anyone has a spare calf they wouldn’t mind lending to Caruso, but there is no leg that could ever amount to the grace and majesty that Caruso requires to perform at the level he does.
Our own Harrison Faigen was at practice and offered up the updates:
Avery Bradley will be re-evaluated the day after Thanksgiving when the Lakers return from their road trip.— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) November 21, 2019
Alex Caruso has a right calf strain and is probable for Friday.
Let’s start with Bradley. Getting reevaluated after Thanksgiving would put him right at the two-week mark the team initially diagnosed. It’s important to remember they said they would reevaluate him at that time, and not that he would return in one to two weeks. Looking at the leg again when they will puts him right on schedule, so hopefully his leg will have made legitimate process.
Here’s where the Lakers have to get credit for the way they’ve handled this information. We have been hugely critical of their process, and in this case, this kind of transparency is a very nice change to notice.
In Caruso’s case, we demand again: WHOEVER HURT HIM WILL PAY DEARLY, AND WE WILL SPEND THE NEXT 24-48 HOURS COMBING OVER FOOTAGE, TAKING NOTES OF WHICHEVR MONSTER(s) CAME WITHIN ANY KIND OF PROXIMITY TO HIS LEG. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
One thing’s for sure: The Lakers absolutely cannot afford to lose many more key parts of their backcourt rotation. Yes, Rajon Rondo is back and he has helped add some “swag” to the offense, per Frank Vogel, but asking him to play extended minutes as might be forced by injuries is something to be nervous about.
Caruso’s injury doesn’t seem serious, though, as he is expected to play Friday in Oklahoma City, but it’s certainly something to monitor.