The hits keep coming for the Lakers on the injury front as head coach Frank Vogel revealed on Thursday that Kendrick Nunn would be out 2-3 weeks after developing a bone bruise in his right knee.
Vogel says Nunn developed some soreness in his knee in recent days. Imaging revealed the bone bruise.— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) October 21, 2021
Wayne Ellington also remains out.
While recovering from a right ankle sprain that kept him out of the latter half of the preseason, Nunn began to develop soreness in his knee, Vogel said after practice on Thursday. Imaging on the knee revealed the bone bruise that will sideline him for multiple weeks.
Nunn had been building momentum toward a return by taking part in practice leading up to the Warriors game on Tuesday. For that contest, he was listed as questionable prior to the game before being scratched ahead of tip-off.
Along with Nunn, the Lakers continue to be without Trevor Ariza and Talen Horton-Tucker, both of whom had surgery during the preseason that ruled them out for the near future. Nunn’s injury places an added importance on the addition of Avery Bradley as well.
Claimed by the Lakers on Monday, Bradley played a critical role in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to the Warriors. Without Nunn now for the foreseeable future, Bradley will likely continue to play a big role for the Lakers.
Wayne Ellington also remains out for the Lakers with a hamstring strain suffered in the preseason. His status, though, is not expected to be quite as long-term. Given the rate injuries are stacking up on the perimeter for the Lakers, though, any healthy bodies will be useful moving forward.