The Lakers will be down one of their Big Three yet again on Wednesday and could be down yet another against the Oklahoma City Thunder. LeBron James remains out for the second game running with right ankle soreness while Anthony Davis is questionable with right knee soreness, the team announced ahead of Wednesday’s game.
LeBron James is out vs. OKC tonight, per the Lakers. Anthony Davis (right knee soreness) is questionable.— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) October 27, 2021
James sat out Tuesday’s game against the Spurs, which the Lakers won in overtime 125-121. Prior to the game, head coach Frank Vogel said the team was taking a “marathon” approach with James following his injury scare against the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Davis had his own injury scare on Tuesday late in regulation against the Spurs when he banged knees with a Spurs player. Davis stayed down on the ground for multiple minutes before getting up and eventually finishing the game.
Following the game, Davis called the injury “a little stinger” and said the paint gradually went away during the game.
AD on his injury, said he was boxing out planted on the ground and a Spurs play ran into his knee— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) October 27, 2021
"It was like a little stinger. Then I started move and it went away."
On the second night of a back-to-back, it’s not shocking to see James sit, nor would it be surprising to see Davis join him. The luxury of trading for a third star in Russell Westbrook affords the team some liberties, though having him play with either Davis and James would be an uphill task even against a poor Thunder team.
After Wednesday’s game, the Lakers will be off until Friday when they host Cleveland as part of a four-game homestand that also features a pair of games against the Rockets and another contest versus the Thunder in a week’s time.
On top of not having James on Wednesday, Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn remain out. Wayne Ellington is questionable for the game as well tonight.