Stars LeBron James (left calf contusion) and Anthony Davis (left adductor/hip spasm) are listed as questionable against San Antonio. Jarred Vanderbilt (low back spasm) is also questionable.
The Lakers won’t have guard Gabe Vincent (left knee effusion), guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (low back spasm) or Maxwell Lewis (G League assignment) on Wednesday.
The Lakers may want to play things safe with their star big man, especially since Wednesday’s game is the second night of a back-to-back.
Davis has been great for the Lakers this season, averaging 23.3 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.
If Davis ends up sitting, the Lakers would love to have James in the lineup to give themselves a better chance to beat the Spurs. The four-time champion has shown his impressive durability this season, missing just one game despite the fact that he is 38 years old.
If any of Davis, James or Vanderbilt sit, the Lakers may turn to other frontcourt players like Rui Hachimura, Christian Wood and Jaxson Hayes to pick up the slack.
The Lakers would love to bounce back on Wednesday after they lost to Dallas on Tuesday night. That may be tougher to do if James or Davis doesn’t play, but luckily for the Lakers, the Spurs haven’t been one of the better teams in the NBA this season.
San Antonio has dropped 17 straight games heading into Wednesday’s contest, and the team is just 3-19 overall. Even with phenom Victor Wembanyama on the roster, the Spurs aren’t much better than they were last season when they ended up with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
There should be more clarity on James, Davis and Vanderbilt and their statuses for tonight as the Lakers-Spurs game approaches.
The Lakers and Spurs are scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday in San Antonio.