Player News - Lakers

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Tyler Ennis took advantage of expanded minutes on Sunday to post a season-high 14 points (6-of-15 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 26 minutes.

Ennis was a big winner in the rotation tonight as the only true guard in the second unit. He hit season-highs in nearly every category and benefited from L.A.'s unusual rotations in a blowout loss without Brandon Ingram (knee). We'll need to see a few more solid performances before approaching him as a fantasy pickup.
Mar 27 - 12:53 AM

X-rays were negative on Jordan Clarkson's bruised fifth metacarpal on Sunday, and he returned to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, going 4-of-16 from the field with one 3-pointer.

Clarkson dropped a career-high 35 points on Friday and he seems to have avoided any serious injury tonight, although he was ice-cold after returning. "He has the ability to be so dynamic," Luke Walton said before the game. "He’s been one of our more consistent players." His long-term outlook is terrific, and barring a setback owners can also expect him to be ready for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 27 - 12:42 AM

Larry Nance missed both of his 3-point attempts on Sunday, but he finished 4-of-7 from the field for nine points, seven rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

"At the beginning of the season it was, ‘All right, I’ve got [an open 3-point shot], who else is open?’" Nance said before the game. "Now it's, ‘I’ve got it. Where’s the shot clock at?’ I’m confident in it, our team’s confident, the coaches have given me confidence. I’m ready to let it go." He's just 6-of-23 from deep this season and his owners shouldn't be eager for more long-range attempts, since his 53.3 percent shooting is a key aspect of his fantasy value. Better luck next season.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 27 - 12:40 AM

Corey Brewer started Sunday's game in place of Brandon Ingram (right knee), finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and two blocks in 19 minutes.

Brewer might have played more if the game were close, but the veteran got a long rest with the score out of hand in the second half. He's not a fantasy option, even if Ingram misses more games.
Mar 27 - 12:38 AM

David Nwaba came off the bench on Sunday for nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with one 3-pointer, one rebound and one steal in 29 minutes of action.

Luke Walton said Nwaba was "spectacular" filling in for Brandon Ingram (knee) late in Friday's game. Corey Brewer got the start in place of Ingram tonight, but the D-League call-up wound up playing more minutes in the blowout home loss. Nwaba's made 3-pointer was the first of his career, and he has a long way to go before earning a spot on fantasy rosters.
Mar 27 - 12:37 AM

Julius Randle cooled off during Sunday's lopsided defeat, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with nine boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

He played 27 minutes and this was a big letdown after Friday's huge all-around game. Such is life for Randle's fantasy owners, who can anticipate a bigger line vs. the Wizards on Tuesday -- in his previous 10 games, Randle was averaging 14.7 points, 0.7 threes, 10.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks.
Mar 27 - 12:35 AM

Corey Brewer will start Sunday's game in place of Brandon Ingram (patellar tendinitis).

David Nwaba should also get a significant boost with Ingram on the sidelines, and we might even see Nick Young or Metta World Peace get a few minutes. This is a situation to avoid in the vast majority of fantasy scenarios.
Mar 26 - 9:05 PM

Brandon Ingram (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers due to patellar tendinitis.

With Ingram out of the lineup, it is still being determined who will take his place. Head coach Luke Walton said he has not yet decided who will be included in the starting five. However, it's likely David Nwaba picks up plenty of minutes with Ingram on the shelf.
Mar 26 - 7:55 PM

Brandon Ingram (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday against the Blazers.

Ingram did not finish the Friday game, but he looked fine in his 30 minutes of action. He also said he is going to play in this game, but we'll see how the coaching staff feels about that. Plus, the Lakers are only up 0.5 games on the Suns for the No. 2 spot in the lotto.
Mar 25 - 6:02 PM

Brandon Ingram (right patellar tendinitis) said he was sore after Friday's game but that he "can manage it" and will play Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Ingram has been dealing with nagging tendinitis recently and was forced to sit out the second half of Friday's win over the Wolves. However, it appears it's simply an issue of pain tolerance, and he says he'll be ready to roll on Sunday. Still, it's tough to put too much trust in Ingram going forward, as the Lakers have no reason to overextend their prized rookie at the end of a lost season.
Mar 25 - 9:29 AM

David Nwaba scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. the Wolves on Friday.

Nick Young picked up another DNP-CD, and considering the Lakers gave Nwaba a two-year deal, it's clear that they want to get a long look at him going forward. He's more of a defender, but he played 26 minutes tonight with seven rebounds and two assists. He's worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues if he keeps getting this type of run, and it's worth noting that he was playing down the stretch of the overtime win.
Mar 25 - 1:37 AM

Julius Randle lit up the Wolves for 23 points and 12 rebounds on Friday.

He hit 8-of-14 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws in 34 minutes, adding three assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples in one of his best all-around games of the season. He's always been a great points, dimes and rebounds guy, but the lack of consistent defensive stats limits his fantasy upside -- he was averaging 0.5 blocks and 0.7 steals prior to Friday.
Mar 25 - 1:33 AM

Larry Nance played 35 minutes in Friday's overtime win over the Wolves, finishing with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers.

He looked great on both ends tonight and coach Luke Walton has been dropping some hints that Nance could eventually get a shot in the first unit -- Walton said it could happen "at some point" and also pointed out that he has great chemistry with starting center Ivica Zubac. If Nance plays well on Sunday vs. the Blazers, he could be an interesting flier with four games on the schedule next week. He was poked in the eye during the final minute of this one, but he stayed in the game and appeared to be fine.
Mar 25 - 1:29 AM

Ivica Zubac was quiet vs. the Wolves on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

The Lakers had a lot of success with the Larry Nance and Julius Randle combo against Karl-Anthony Towns, so Zubac didn't play down the stretch and was glued to the bench during overtime. Better days are coming for the rookie and the Lakers play four times next week after Sunday's game vs. the Blazers, so he's a hold in standard leagues despite tonight's quiet line.
Mar 25 - 1:27 AM

Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting with eight 3-pointers, five assists and two rebounds in 47 minutes in a 130-117 overtime win over the Wolves on Friday.

What a way to respond after he scored five points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday. It's no secret that Clarkson is a high-volume shooter, but Walton said earlier this week that he wants him to find other ways to impact the game if his shot isn't falling. "He’s too good of an athlete. He’s one guy who loves to compete, but you can’t get locked in and focus on the fact you can’t make any shots," Walton said. "That’ll come eventually. Get into someone on defense, make some steals, make some passes, take a charge, do something." Clarkson has been a beast since the Lou Williams trade and should be owned in standard leagues.
Mar 25 - 1:26 AM


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