Los Angeles Lakers
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Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso plays 14 minutes
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 12:30 AM
Alex Caruso (right hamstring soreness) played 14 minutes vs. the Nets on Tuesday with three points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple.
Analysis: The momentum he had in February is long gone and it doesn't help that Avery Bradley has picked up steam in Los Angeles. Caruso belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
LeBron James
LeBron James posts 29/12/9 line in loss
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 12:26 AM
The Athletic
LeBron James played through a sore left groin in a 104-102 loss to Brooklyn, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four triples in 35 minutes.
Analysis: He did miss a wide-open layup which would've tied the game, so he'll be forced to drop out of the MVP race. Jokes aside, LBJ has been playing out of his mind these days and continues to fend off Father Time with ease. He just carried the Lakers to two huge wins over the Clippers and Bucks, so this minor setback isn't anything to worry about. "His best weekend in a Lakers uniform, I’m assuming," coach Frank Vogel said on Monday. "I wasn’t here last year. But in my mind, this season, this was his best two-game stretch."
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (elbow) scores 26 vs. BKN
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 12:21 AM
Anthony Davis (left elbow soreness) notched 26 points vs. the Nets on Tuesday with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and four triples in 37 minutes.
Analysis: He was extremely passive in the first half with just six points on 1-of-6 shooting, but woke up in a big way down the stretch. Davis was phenomenal in the fourth but missed a wide open look from beyond the arc which would've won the game. His fantasy owners may not mind a loss here and there though, because if they continue to lap everyone in the West that will increase the likelihood of sporadic rest days.
LeBron James
LeBron and Anthony Davis starting
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 9:44 PM
LeBron James (sore left groin) and Anthony Davis (elbow) are both starting on Tuesday vs. the Nets.
Analysis: The Lakers didn't even update their status from probable, but that confirms that they weren't in danger of sitting this one out. We'll have updates on both after the game.
LeBron James
LeBron James (groin) plans to play on Tuesday
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 1:02 PM
Tania Ganguli on Twitter
LeBron James (sore left groin) said he plans to play Tuesday against the Nets.
Analysis: He did miss a game back on Feb. 27 for a sore groin, and he hasn't been on the injury report at all in March up until this recent issue that had him questionable yesterday. James has been outstanding lately and is the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week thanks to beating the Bucks and Clippers, so the Lakers should be able to take care of business tonight. Get 'Bron in your lineup against a team that will really struggle to guard him.
Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso (hamstring) probable Tuesday
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 7:22 PM
Ryan Ward on Twitter
Alex Caruso (right hamstring soreness) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
Analysis: Caruso was listed as probable ahead of Sunday's win over the Clippers as well, but he played just seven minutes due in large part to Avery Bradley catching fire offensively. Caruso plays well next to LeBron James, but not well enough to make him a consistently viable fantasy option.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (elbow) probable Tuesday
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 7:19 PM
Ryan Ward on Twitter
Anthony Davis (left elbow soreness) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
Analysis: Davis as been listed as probable for seemingly every game the last couple weeks, so this isn't anything new. Plug him into your lineups as you normally would.
LeBron James
LeBron James (groin) questionable Tuesday
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 7:18 PM
Ryan Ward on Twitter
LeBron James (sore left groin) is questionable for Tuesday vs. the Nets.
Analysis: He obviously looked fine in his last game vs. the Clippers, but the Lakers do have the luxury of sitting him if he's not 100 percent with a 6.5 game lead at the top of the West. This comes from the official injury report so we'll have to wait for Tuesday afternoon for more details. If LBJ sits, Anthony Davis (sore elbow, probable) will have unfair upside and the Lakers may even give Dion Waiters a chance to get settled.
LeBron James
LeBron James scores 28 in win vs. Clippers
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 5:56 PM
LeBron James scored 28 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Clippers on Sunday during a 112-103 win.
Analysis: The Lakers dominated in the third quarter with a 36-28 edge, and had lock down defense to get their first win over the Clippers this season. James was likely a distant second in the MVP race, but this win combined with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) getting hurt could make this an interesting race. The Lakers do have a 6.5-game cushion now, so LeBron's fantasy owners should be hoping things tighten up a bit.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis scores 30 points in win vs. LAC
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 5:53 PM
Anthony Davis scored 30 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Sunday.
Analysis: He made a big impact at the five in this game with Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee playing just 19 minutes combined. Davis has played 700 minutes without Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee in that time. In those minutes, AD has a per-36 line of 31.0 points, 11.1 boards, 2.7 dimes, 3.7 blocks (!), 1.7 steals and 1.2 treys (+5.9 net rating). If coach Frank Vogel does that more often, AD's stats could get even better.
Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso fails to score
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 5:45 PM
Alex Caruso failed to score with one assist and one steal in seven minutes against the Clippers on Sunday.
Analysis: Avery Bradley was on fire, so coach Frank Vogel didn't need to turn to Caruso in this one. Vogel does love Caruso next to LeBron, but he's typically not able to put up potent stat lines in limited play.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (elbow) starting on Sunday
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 2:32 PM
Tomer Azarly on Twitter
Anthony Davis (elbow) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers, as expected.
Analysis: He was being listed as probable, so there was never much doubt about him getting out there today. Joining him in the starting unit will be Avery Bradley, Danny Green, LeBron James and JaVale McGee.
Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso (hamstring) probable Sunday
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 7:52 PM
Alex Caruso (right hamstring soreness) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Analysis: Caruso made his return to the lineup Friday night, playing 18 minutes in the Lakers' win over Milwaukee. That's his usual role, but we'll have to see if that changes any with the recent signing of Dion Waiters. At the very least Caruso has another player to compete with for minutes, along with Rajon Rondo. And that's not a good thing when it comes to his fantasy value.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (elbow) probable Sunday vs LAC
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 7:34 PM
NBA Injury Report
Anthony Davis (left elbow soreness) is probable for Sunday's showdown with the Clippers.
Analysis: AD was listed on the injury report with a sore right knee for the last few games, but he pops up with elbow soreness again. It doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything serious, which is good news for the Lakers and fantasy owners alike. Get him in your lineups.
Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso (sore right hamstring) returns
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 1:12 AM
Alex Caruso (sore right hamstring) returned from a two-game absence vs. the Bucks on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one block and one triple in 18 minutes.
Analysis: He stepped right back into his usual role with minutes in the high teens to lower 20s. Whether or not they stick with Dion Waiters arriving soon remains to be seen, but Caruso is a deep-league asset anyways with coach Frank Vogel continuing to stick with Rajon Rondo.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (sore right knee) scores 30
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 1:06 AM
Anthony Davis (sore right knee) finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday.
Analysis: This was a far cry from his line on Tuesday but his fantasy owners are just relieved to see him continue to play through all these minor ailments. He'll get a matchup with the Clippers on Sunday as the Lakers try to increase their 5.5 game lead over their Los Angeles rivals. The battle between Davis and James Harden for the right to be No. 1 in 9-cat should go right down to the wire.
LeBron James
LeBron James drops 37 points in win vs. MIL
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 1:00 AM
LeBron James had perhaps his best performance of the season in a 113-103 win over the Bucks on Friday, dropping 37 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one triple in 37 minutes.
Analysis: That improves the Lakers to 20-0 when LeBron scores at least 30 points. This game was billed as Giannis vs. LeBron and it was the latter who came out on top tonight in what may have been an NBA Finals preview. With the Lakers holding a 5.5 game lead over the Clippers as the No. 1 seed out West, it will be interesting to see if the Lakers dial his minutes back a bit since he doesn't want to sit out games.
Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso (hamstring) probable for Friday
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 3:24 PM
Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Alex Caruso (sore right hamstring) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Bucks.
Analysis: Caruso's absence is set to end after two games, though his return will have minimal impact in fantasy leagues. Rajon Rondo may lose a few minutes and Quinn Cook could drop from the rotation, but that's about it.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (knee) probable vs. Milwaukee
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 3:23 PM
Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Anthony Davis (sore right knee) is probable for Friday's game vs. Milwaukee.
Analysis: Davis was terrific on Tuesday with 37 points on 13-of-19 shooting, and he's no stranger to the precautionary 'probable' tag this season. He'll be ready to go in a must-watch game between the top teams in each Conference.
LeBron James
Lebron James drops 22-7-14 on Sixers
Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 12:14 AM
Lebron James had 22 points, seven rebounds, 14 assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's 120-107 win over the Sixers.
Analysis: Hey look mom, LeBron had another monster game! Oddly, LeBron doesn't even feel like a shut-down candidate even if the Lakers clinch the No. 1 seed in the West, but with five back-to-backs remaining on the Lakers schedule, you have to think he's in line to miss a handful of games between now and the end of the season. If you own LeBron or Anthony Davis, you should be rooting for the Clippers and Nuggets to win every time they play.


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