UPDATE: The Lakers have officially listed LeBron James as questionable (left calf contusion), and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right patella contusion) and Anthony Davis (left abductor/hip spasm) as probable for Wednesday’s game against Dallas.
Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel bursitis), Gabe Vincent (left knee effusion) and Cam Reddish (left knee contusion) are all out.
As reported, Cam Reddish is out tonight pic.twitter.com/QRo2YLbT0d— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) November 22, 2023
Reddish’s status was announced earlier today which is the biggest change for the purple and gold heading into this matchup versus Luka Dončić and the Mavericks.
Original story follows
The Lakers are on a three-game winning streak, but for that streak to extend to four, L.A. will have to do it without Cam Reddish. The five-year guard who suffered a groin injury in the opening quarter versus the Utah Jazz has been ruled out against the Dallas Mavericks, as Dave McMenamin of ESPN first reported.
Cam Reddish is still experiencing soreness in his groin and will miss tonight’s game against the Mavericks, sources tell ESPN.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 22, 2023
How long Reddish will be out is still unknown, but groin injuries can be challenging to recover from and can take weeks. Given how well Reddish has played on the defensive end, it's a tough blow for a Los Angeles team that appears to be on a roll.
With Reddish out, other players will have to take his minutes and an increased role. I expect that player to be Max Christie.
It was Christie who stepped up and played big minutes in Reddish's absence on Tuesday. Starting in the second half and ending the night with seven points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of play.
"We'll continue to work with him but that's a bright young player, someone we're really excited about," Ham said in his postgame presser. "I'm happy to see, unfortunate circumstances obviously, but happy to see him get his beak wet a little bit and get out there and get in the fray."
With Jalen Hood-Schifino now probable and Christie's role increasing, at least for this upcoming game, this new iteration of the baby Lakers will get a chance to show they are the franchise's future and can help this team win games now. If you still consider Reaves a part of such a moniker, he should get an increased chance as well and given his off-and-on performances, stepping up with Reddish out would be desirable.
Other key player's availability is still in question.
LeBron James has been labeled questionable with a left calf contusion the last few games and Anthony Davis has been dealing with a hip spasm and been labeled as probable the last few weeks as well. Given this is a back-to-back game and not a part of the In-Season Tournament, their absences wouldn't be a shock.
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