Lakers Injury Report: 2 New LA Signings Will Miss Warriors Game With Injuries
Or, you know, because it’s preseason and it means nothing.
Two more of your Los Angeles Lakers will be joining Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) on the sidelines for tonight’s rematch against the Golden State Warriors this evening.
At Crypto.com Arena, in a little over an hour, LA will now also be without reserve point guard Gabe Vincent or small forward Cam Reddish, head coach Darvin Ham has announced, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Reddish has missed most of the Lakers’ preseason due to an ankle he sprained against the Warriors in their first preseason game against LA last Saturday. Vincent will miss his first game with Los Angeles, albeit a totally meaningless exhibition bout, due to limited back tightness, per Ham.
McMenamin reports that sitting the 6’3″ University of California at Santa Barbara product is primarily a preventative move, meaning it seems like odds are good that we may even see him during the Lakers’ final two preseason games. Vincent, 27, is averaging just 8.3 points on .409/.375/.500 shooting splits across 19.4 minutes per contest and 2.3 assists (against a single turnover). To be fair, it’s the preseason, so he’s playing just 19.4 minutes per contest.
Reddish has played in just 11.6 minutes during LA’s preseason, where he notched a single point while missing all four his field goal tries.
The real point of the preseason, if a point exists at all, is for an NBA team’s coaching staff to assess players on the fringes of its roster, in this case rookie draft picks Jalen Hood-Schifino and Maxwell Lewis; two-way signings Colin Castleton, D’Moi Hodge and Alex Fudge; and Exhibit 10 signings Damion Baugh, Scotty Pippen Jr. and Vincent Valerio-Bodon. Ham also seems to exploring with some rotational fits and bench choices, so we’re seeing big minutes for second-year swingman Max Christie as he looks to secure some real minutes this season.