Player News - Lakers

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Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers to victory on Sunday, scoring 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go with six boards, 10 assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and one turnover in 38 minutes.

Clarkson was solid throughout this game, but he was particularly impressive after halftime, rocking a 32.3 usage rate while paving the way to victory for the Lakers. He's going to be much more involved in the offense while Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are out, and whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he's essentially guaranteed minutes in the 30s. As a side note, Clarkson became the first Laker to have a 25-10 game off the bench since Magic Johnson did it back in 1996.
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

Alex Caruso was impressive in Sunday's win over the Knicks, scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting to go with four boards, eight assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench.

Caruso was able to earn some extra minutes in the rotation with both Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) watching from the sidelines, and he kept himself on the floor with his playmaking and solid defense. Ball seems doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Celtics, so Caruso could be someone to think about throwing out there as a deep league streamer or DFS punt play after Sunday's impressive outing.
Jan 21 - 7:00 PM

Kyle Kuzma logged just 10 minutes off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers and nothing else in the Lakers' 127-107 win over the Knicks.

Kuzma jammed his right index finger early in the game, but he played through it, and X-rays came back negative so he should be fine. Luke Walton said the lack of minutes were due to defensive issues for Kuzma, but we'd expect him to be back in his standard 30-minute role on Tuesday against the Celtics.
Jan 21 - 6:55 PM

Julius Randle posted a 27-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's win over the Knicks, adding five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

Randle has been fairly consistent with the points, boards and dimes over the past few weeks, but the general lack of defensive stats and turnover issues have been a major hindrance to his fantasy value. We've heard his name floating around the rumor mill a lot lately with the trade deadline approaching, and he's certainly played well enough as of late to attract some suitors, so it'll be interesting to see if there's any fire to the smoke. A trade away from Los Angles wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Jan 21 - 6:51 PM

Brandon Ingram struggled with his jumper on Sunday, going 4-of-13 from the field on his way to 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 24 minutes.

Ingram didn't appear to be hobbled by the ankle issue, but he just missed a lot of shots he typically makes. He wasn't the only Laker to struggle with his jumper, as Josh Hart was scoreless in his 17 minutes of action, finishing with one block and nothing else to his credit; while Tyler Ennis also brought doughnuts to the box score with just one rebound, two assists and one steal over 11 scoreless minutes.
Jan 21 - 6:44 PM

Brandon Ingram (left ankle) is available to play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Ingram will be returning from a one-game absence, which should shift Corey Brewer back to the second unit, and there won't be quite as many minutes available for Josh Hart, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Ingram shouldn't have any sort of minutes limit today, so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active.

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time call vs. the Knicks on Sunday.

Ingram was getting treatment while coach Luke Walton was speaking, but it sounds like he'll test his ankle out in warmups. If Ingram can't go, the Lakers will use a committee approach to soak up his minutes with several players such as Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Julius Randle getting a bump.
Jan 21 - 1:51 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

This is his second game in a row on the shelf, but at least he wasn't ruled out a full day before this time. With KCP and Lonzo Ball out, we should see plenty of Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson in a favorable matchup.
Jan 21 - 1:49 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) was able to get on the treadmill on Saturday, but Luke Walton said that he's still several steps away from being able to play.

He is still not close to a return, but this is progress in the right direction. Ball has been ruled out for Sunday and head coach Luke Walton was non-committal when discussing his status for the Lakers' upcoming five-game road trip, which suggests he'll miss Tuesday's home game against the Celtics as well. Expect Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso to handle the point guard minutes, with Jordan Clarkson also picking up the slack.
Jan 20 - 5:47 PM

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is questionable against the Knicks on Sunday.

After being called a game-time decision at shootaround on Friday, he was ruled out about two hours before tip against the Pacers. Ingram did suffer an aggravation to his ankle injury, but his tweak on Wednesday didn't look as bad. Expect him to be a game-time call and going through shootaround could help his chances -- he didn't go through shootaround on Friday and did some work in practice today. If he's out, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Julius Randle and basically the rest of the rotation could take more shots.
Jan 20 - 3:06 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is questionable against the Knicks on Sunday.

The team ruled him out a day in advance for Friday's game, so there's a decent chance he's a game-time call tomorrow. Plus, he went through some activities at practice on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope's injury doesn't sound serious, but it's worth a mention that his Achilles has bothered him in his career before this issue. If he's out, Josh Hart and Corey Brewer figure to pick up more wing minutes.
Jan 20 - 3:03 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) did not practice on Saturday and has been ruled out for Sunday against the Knicks.

It doesn't sound like he's close and the Lakers will wait for him to go through a full practice before he's back out there. The Lakers next game is Tuesday against the Celtics, so his fantasy owners should consider him between questionable and doubtful for that game. With him out, it's been Alex Caruso stepping up the most at the point while Tyler Ennis starts. Josh Hart could also benefit if other starters are out.
Jan 20 - 3:00 PM

Brook Lopez scored four points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 16 minutes during a 99-86 win over the Pacers on Friday.

Make it five straight games under 20 minutes and just one game over 20 this entire month. In that five-game run, Lopez averaged just 5.2 points, 2.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 treys in 17.4 minutes. He still has some value because of his blocks, but he's been a super bust in fantasy.
Jan 20 - 2:11 AM

Tyler Ennis scored seven points with one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

He was outplayed by Alex Caruso for the second straight night, so maybe coach Luke Walton will make a move there. Either way, you probably shouldn't be counting on Ennis even with Lonzo Ball (knee) needing to go through a practice before he's suiting up for games.
Jan 20 - 2:08 AM

Corey Brewer finished with four points and seven assists over 29 minutes in Friday's 99-86 win against Indiana.

Brewer hit just 2-of-6 from the field, including 0-of-2 from behind the 3-point line, while adding two steals. He is averaging 20.3 minutes per game over his past three outings, but he is posting just 3.7 points, 4.0 rebound and 1.3 steals per game during the span. Despite the fact he was in the starting five on Friday, he is only a low-end asset in the deepest of fantasy leagues while starting for Brandon Ingram (ankle). He can be left to the waiver wire in most formats.
Jan 20 - 2:07 AM


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