Just as it appeared the Lakers were getting healthy, the team was dealt another new injury blow on Tuesday. Cam Reddish exited the team’s game against the Jazz in first quarter with groin soreness and did not return.
The TNT broadcast showed Reddish walking gingerly to the locker room with a noticeable limp.
There’s nothing to really extrapolate from this yet in terms of a diagnosis other than to feel pretty bummed out about the injury. Reddish has been the hidden gem the Lakers have found this year and has gone from afterthought to valuable role player and starter this season.
The fact that there’s a notable letdown from losing Reddish to injury during the season alone shows how far he has come. He has blossomed into something of note for this team and missing him means the team will miss a valuable skill set, particularly defensively.
On that note, the team is continuing to lose perimeter players quicker than they can replace them. Jarred Vanderbilt’s return is close after returning to the court in recent weeks as part of his rehab.
The person who will see the most direct impact in the short term, though, will be Max Christie. In Tuesday’s game, it was Christie who stepped into the hole left by Reddish, including starting in the second half in his place.
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