Player News - Lakers

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Kobe Bryant missed practice on Friday and is fully expected to play on Saturday against the Spurs.

It's his last road game in San Antonio, so it would be a big surprise to see him out. Bryant is on fire in his last two games and he might be someone to use in DFS for the first time.
Feb 5 - 4:09 PM

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points during a 99-96 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

His rebounds were a season high and he's back to shooting the ball well after his 38-point gem on Tuesday. The Lakers are now on a two-game winning streak and look to be playing better. This is actually bad news for next year with their top-three protected pick. Kobe has been great, but expect him to rest here and there.
Feb 5 - 1:09 AM

D'Angelo Russell scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Coach Bryon Scott always likes to handle his rookie point guards carefully, but he's been more open and critical about it this year -- the Twitter age probably doesn't help. Russell is fully expected to start later this month or in March, so keep him stashed with hopes the Lakers dump some players.
Feb 5 - 1:03 AM

Tarik Black (foot) scored four points in 16 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with two rebounds.

His foot injury didn't bother him. The Lakers are playing Black at power forward and center, but he's not a great add in almost any league.
Feb 5 - 12:59 AM

Tarik Black (foot) is expected to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

Black doesn't play enough minutes in Los Angeles to matter in most leagues. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 4 - 2:09 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Bryant is still struggling with with his shoulder injury, but is coming off a season-high of 38 points on Tuesday. While Bryant makes for a solid start on Thursday, his return will cut into the minutes of Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell.
Feb 4 - 12:59 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is questionable to face the Pelicans on Thursday.

It's a road game, so Kobe has a slightly higher chance to play than usual because he hasn't missed a game away from Staples in 2016. Kobe did hoist a ton of shots in his 38-point gem on Tuesday, so it's anyone's guess o his status.
Feb 3 - 5:15 PM

Tarik Black had an X-ray on his left foot and the results were negative.

It's good news and he's probable to play on Thursday. Black is getting some minutes now with Larry Nance out and temporarily ahead of Ryan Kelly. He can be ignored in most leagues.
Feb 3 - 3:04 PM

The Lakers coaching staff have been frustrated at times with D'Angelo Russell's sense of entitlement, according to beat reporter Mark Medina.

More specifically, Byron Scott has been trying to "humble" the Lakers No. 2 overall pick this season, and it'll be interesting to see if Scott ever decides to fully unleash the rookie this year. If Byron would like to remain the Lakers head coach next season, it would be wise for him to return Russell to the starting lineup, but Scott has more often than not been more concerned with catering to Kobe Bryant's every whim on his retirement tour rather than actually developing the building blocks in Los Angeles.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 3 - 12:33 PM

Roy Hibbert picked up four fouls and played a total of 16 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

He looked awful and scored just two points with one board, one assist and zero blocks. That's not good for a 7'2" center. Hibbert is averaging just 6.2 points, 2.4 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, so he belongs on the wire in most formats.
Feb 3 - 2:03 AM

Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about.
Feb 3 - 1:59 AM

Julius Randle double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Wolves with 15 points, 12 boards and two assists in 32 minutes.

His primary competition for playing time (Larry Nance) is out through the All-Star break with a knee injury, so Randle is looking at heavy minutes for the next few weeks and maybe even beyond that. He was averaging just 0.4 blocks and 0.7 steals prior to Tuesday which gives him very little upside, but he is worth a look if you're in need of points and boards.
Feb 3 - 1:53 AM

D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

He looked really strong in the first half, but coach Byron Scott benched him down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson "is a little more experienced." Scott's treatment of the rookie has been puzzling this season and it's also gained a lot of attention from the media, so hopefully he starts feeling the pressure to increase the rookie's role. His outlook after the All-Star break is still promising.
Feb 3 - 1:49 AM

Lou Williams scored 20 points with four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

The veteran guard was held to just 11 points in each of his last two games since returning from an illness, and the fact that he played 34 minutes despite his recent struggles is a good sign. Williams is a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline because the Lakers are tanking, so hopefully he ends up in a good situation if that happens.
Feb 3 - 1:43 AM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) helped the Lakers snap a 10-game losing streak on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring a season-high 38 points with seven 3-pointers.

He was questionable to play with a shoulder injury, so this sounds about right for the Black Mamba. He was an impressive 10-of-21 from the field and 7-of-11 from 3-point range, adding five boards, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes. He's still battling several nagging injuries and should have plenty of maintenance days, so this is the perfect moment for his owners to sell high while they still can.
Feb 3 - 1:35 AM


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