The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Rajon Rondo against the Orlando Magic and could also be without Anthony Davis, who is listed as questionable.
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to lead their winning streak to nine games with a dominant performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As things started slowly, the team took over in the second half and detonated Cleveland behind LeBron James.
It was a solid performance for the Lakers, who were shorthanded before the game. While James and Avery Bradley played, the two were on the injury report before him.
Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis were both on the doubtful injury report, but they missed the game. Now it looks like they will miss another one.
Rondo suffers from an avulsion fracture in the right ring finger. He will not be playing against Orlando Magic tonight. Davis is listed as questionable for the game due to the maximus gluteal bruise.
With Rondo already announced, Alex Caruso will continue to see the minutes as James’ secondary playmaker.
While Davis says he is progressing well, he has not yet made contact or sprinted.
He will test these things before the Magic game, but it seems he tends to be sidelined again. Davis has already missed three games due to the injury and the Lakers are 3-0 in those games.
In his absence, the Lakers received an incredible production from Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard. Against the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, Kuzma scored 26 and 36 points.
Howard, who has had a great turnaround this season with the Lakers, has gone back in time with Davis sidelined.
He doubled in two straight games, scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds against the Thunder, adding three assists and two blocks. In 25 minutes against the Cavaliers, Howard scored 21 points with 15 rebounds, including one three points.
With a match against his former team in magic, you can bet that Howard will be motivated to produce again.
With a five-game road trip on the bridge starting this weekend, it makes sense to see if Davis is ready to work with him before the game. Giving him a few minutes against the Magic to get rid of the rust makes sense, but with the way the team plays, they might choose to give it a little more rest to make sure it’s 100% ready once the road trip started.
The Lakers road trip begins Saturday evening with a visit to the Houston Rockets before heading east for four games against Atlantic Division opponents.