After a brief stint with a largely healthy roster, the Lakers are back to uncertainty with the roster. Dennis Schröder will be out on Thursday, as he and his wife celebrated the birth of their child on Thursday. Lonnie Walker, who was listed as questionable on Thursday, was upgraded to probable on Friday.
Lakers injury report for tomorrow vs. the Bucks pic.twitter.com/zfBgjQ3sMw— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) December 1, 2022
Dennis Schroder and his wife welcomed a baby boy on Thursday. Schroder could join the team in Washington D.C. as the trip continues.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 2, 2022
Walker is listed as probable for tonight, per the Lakers https://t.co/k8i1LYtJ4x— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 2, 2022
Walker IV was scratched just before Wednesday’s win over Portland with the same left foot soreness that has him questionable for Friday. Troy Brown Jr., who was listed as probable, was upgraded to available on Friday morning as well.
The good news is that LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain probable to play on Friday as they also battle a myriad of injuries. Davis’ lower back tightness and James’ adductor strain have been injuries that have plagued them for chunks of the season and forced them to miss games.
However, neither injury seems to be serious enough at this point to cause them to miss games, short of them reaggravating during a game. The Lakers are going to need all the help they can get on Friday as Khris Middleton is expected to make his season debut, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Thursday.
ESPN Sources: Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton plans to make his season debut vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday (ESPN, 7:30 PM ET). Middleton has been recovering from July surgery on his left wrist. The Bucks are 15-5, second in the East.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2022
Middleton will obviously be a huge factor in this one, even if he’s just beginning his season. For that sake alone, the Lakers will need to be at or as close to 100% as possible heading into this one as they kick off their lengthy road trip with a big game.