Report: Lakers Coach Frank Vogel Provides Injury Report for Game 5 vs. Trail Blazers

Robert Marvi
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The Los Angeles Lakers will look to knock the Portland Trail Blazers out of the NBA Playoffs this evening in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Head coach Frank Vogel revealed that the Purple and Gold’s bench may be a little depleted tonight.

Waiters, at times, has given the Lakers an offensive lift off the bench since the team picked him up in early March. However, he has played very little in the series against Portland.

Rondo broke his thumb over a month ago, and he was cleared to play just prior to Game 1 of the series. However, he hasn’t actually seen any game time due to back spasms.

The Blazers, on the other hand, will be more than a little short-handed, as superstar Damian Lillard is out due to a right knee injury he sustained in Game 4.

In fact, the Oakland, Calif. native has left the NBA’s bubble site in order to have his knee examined.

The Lakers are looking to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012, when they got by the Denver Nuggets in seven games.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.