Accidents are already beginning to creep in for the Los Angeles Lakers, and we’re simply within the preseason. After lacking L.A.’s exhibition recreation towards the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker will miss time as a consequence of a torn ligament in his proper thumb which would require surgical procedure, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania Monday.
This comes on the heels of the announcement that Lakers ahead Trevor Ariza would miss two months as a consequence of a proper ankle harm, along with Malik Monk expected to miss about a week with a groin harm. Out of the blue the Lakers depth on the wing is changing into extremely skinny.
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It is unclear how lengthy Horton-Tucker shall be sidelined, however his absence as a key position participant on each ends of the ground will certainly be felt within the Lakers rotation. In what was beforehand anticipated to be a crowded backcourt with some guys preventing to get minutes, all of the sudden is a bit more open now with accidents to each Horton-Tucker and Monk. Gamers like Kendrick Nunn, Kent Bazemore and Wayne Ellington shall be anticipated to fill a few of these minutes.
If Horton-Tucker and Monk’s accidents linger longer than anticipated, the Lakers may look to carry somebody in as stopgap till gamers get wholesome. Maybe that would result in James Ennis becoming a member of the group. In spite of everything, the 31-year-old ahead has been openly lobbying for a spot on the roster. He is a succesful defender, and final season shot 43 p.c from deep with the Orlando Magic.
It may very well be a straightforward resolution in the intervening time, however whether or not the Lakers determine to signal somebody or cope with the roster points internally, it feels like L.A. will enter the season hobbled, which is able to solely put extra duty on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/information/lakers-talen-horton-tucker-to-undergo-surgery-to-repair-torn-ligament-in-right-thumb-per-report/ | Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker to endure surgical procedure to restore torn ligament in proper thumb, per report