KCP on his ankle: “Ankle is feeling great. I practiced today, got a little movement in. Still not 100%, but hopefully I’ll be able to go tomorrow. Depends how I feel."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 4, 2021
Since Caldwell-Pope was unavailable for Sunday’s game, Kyle Kuzma started in his place, with the Lakers needing a fourth-quarter surge to pull away for the 108-94 victory.
The 27-year-old Caldwell Pope had just started his fourth season with the Lakers and had started each of the team’s first six games. Despite rumors that would leave in free agency during the recent offseason, he ended up signing a multi-year deal to remain with the Lakers.
The win over the Grizzlies improved the Lakers’ season record to 5-2 on the young season, with the Lakers set to return to Los Angeles following Tuesday’s game. On Thursday night, they’ll host the San Antonio Spurs.