Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Lakers forward Kuzma out for up to a week

Lakers forward Kuzma out for up to a week

I went through CBS Sports' preseason win projections (courtesy of SportsLine Data Scientist Stephen Oh) for every National Basketball Association team and compared them to where each team stands right now.

Los Angeles had playoff hopes coming into the season, but the team is now in 10 place in the Western Conference standings, 4.5 games behind the Clippers, who are in the final playoff spot.

And with injuries to Lonzo and Ingram presently, the Lakers can't really catch a break and make a full fledged run for that last playoff spot in the Western conference.

Confidence was so high among oddsmakers that the Westgate SuperBook had the Lakers odds of making the playoffs prior to the season at -450 and +350 to miss.

Kuzma suffered the injury in Monday's 113-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, apparently rolling his right ankle in the fourth quarter.

Ball was seen getting some shots up after practice, but they were more of the set shot variety, with limited jumping, in drills conducted by a member of the team's strength staff.

Head coach Luke Walton had only eight active bodies for an on-court practice session on Tuesday. We're coming in tomorrow to get better because that's what we're supposed to do.

Walton's forced optimism was entirely unconvincing, and he spent most of his postgame news conference stressing the importance of maintaining professionalism and keeping a day-to-day approach. To come off last season when you had two great months with these young people and these great assets, and you think yeah, maybe they have a direction.

There has been some speculation as to whether James will sit once the Lakers are eliminated.

James faces missing the postseason for the first time since 2005 with the Lakers mired in a form slump which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 games.

He has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets by the Lakers, who also have other injury problems. "Cause someone is always watching".

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