The Los Angeles Lakers play without their top players. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are missing time due to injuries. According to recent sources, players are set to miss even more time. The Lakers have provided injury updates on their superstars.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said AD was “a ways away” from joining the starting lineup.
“Yeah, they’ll both [Davis and James] be on the road with us,” Vogel explained. “AD continues to ramp up, but still a ways away. LeBron is still out indefinitely.”
AD suffered a calf strain and had to stay on the sidelines for a few weeks. He hasn’t played since mid-February. The two-month mark is already here.
Lakers provide concerning injury updates
Andre Drummond joined the Lakers to help them win more games. However, he suffered a toe injury in the debut with the team and lost his toenail. ESPN reported that the big man would only miss a couple of games. However, Vogel had a different story to tell.
“He’s still having trouble putting his shoe on the first two days through it,” Vogel noted, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “He’s just not there yet. He’s still in a great deal of discomfort and we want to make sure that this thing gets behind him.”
Drummond was listed as questionable for the game against the Raptors on April 6. Seeing him on the floor won’t be that easy.
LeBron deals with a high-ankle sprain. He suffered his injury in the game against the Atlanta Hawks. The four-time NBA champion is out indefinitely. Vogel revealed that LeBron and AD haven’t had a setback in their recoveries. LA is just cautious with both players.
“No setback. Just being cautious with making sure the build-up is happening at the right pace and that this thing is totally behind him,” Vogel said.
Drummond will return to the floor before LeBron and AD come back. He will probably play this week. AD has done some on-court work but we don’t know if he will play again. According to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, AD may “play five minutes.” He has a positive update on his teammate though.
“He’s making great progress,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We were just joking with him that he should play five minutes tomorrow… He says he’s feeling good.”