The Los Angeles Lakers released their status report for Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, and are listing Kyle Kuzma (left ankle sprain) as out and Anthony Davis (right ankle sprain) as questionable. Additionally, rookie Talen Horton-Tucker is on assignment in the G League and will not play.
As a reminder, in NBA injury report parlance, “questionable” generally (but not always) means that it’s about 50/50 if a player will play or not. Davis is reportedly trying to rehab well enough to play during the team’s day off on Monday, but admitted to reporters that he “tweaked (his ankle) a little bit” against the Hawks.
Davis has previously dealt with rib and shoulder soreness this season, but has only missed one game so far.
Tuesday will be the fourth game in a row that Kuzma has had to sit out with his ankle issue. Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel previously indicated to reporters that the team will take their time with Kuzma’s ankle and allow him to get back closer to 100%. At the time, I wrote about why giving Kuzma a little rest right now makes sense:
Kuzma’s ankle sprain is just one of a few issues he’s dealt with this season, as he missed all of training camp with a stress reaction in his foot, then sustained an eye contusion and was additionally one of several players to get sick in recent weeks as a bug made its way around the locker room. Given all of that, it’s understandable that he hasn’t quite looked like himself, and that the Lakers want to give him time to get to 100% (especially while they’re winning anyway).
The Lakers will tip off against the Pacers at 4:00 p.m. PST.