There isn’t much in the way of good news for the Lakers right now, but lost amidst the team’s brutal defeat to the Heat was the news pregame about Rui Hachimura. The wing went down recently to injury against the Pelicans and missed Wednesday’s game as a result.
Between the two games, Rui underwent an MRI that revealed some good news for the Lakers, according to head coach Darvin Ham in his pregame presser.
“So we definitely did an MRI and he had a little bit of a, I think it was a grade one calf strain or something like that,” Ham said. “So we’ll be monitoring that and it’ll be a day-to-day type of deal once we get out of the woods a little bit.”
The only thing worth a pause there is the “once we get out of the woods a little bit” at the end there, but it doesn’t sound like an injury that will be long-term. Perhaps no one on the team has had more bad luck with injuries this year than Rui with this now being the third different injury that’s forced him to miss time in the first half of the season.
Joining him on the sideline in the recent stretch of games as well has been D’Angelo Russell. After taking a fall while trying to take a charge against the Wolves, Russell has been out with a tailbone contusion. He had already been called day-to-day by Ham previously and another update was provided on Wednesday.
“Yeah, it’s another thing it’s a little bit of a contusion there,” Ham said. “So just something the soreness that we’re trying to work through him. He’s also day-to-day”
This is a situation where being back home helps. It allows the Lakers to treat these injuries with their own resources in their own building and allows the players to do it in the comfort of being home.
The Lakers also have some room between games as they play every other day for the majority of the month, giving them off days to rest, recuperate and rehab. Hopefully, that means prompt returns for both Rui and D’Lo as the Lakers desperately need the help.
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