Lakers' LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook Out vs. Warriors with Injuries

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 7, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) controls the ball during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Los Angeles, Friday, April 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis will each miss the Los Angeles Lakers' road game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday because of injuries.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times provided the details:

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

Lakers say that LeBron James (Left ankle sprain), Anthony Davis (Right mid-foot sprain) and Russell Westbrook (Right shoulder soreness) are all OUT for tonight’s game vs. Golden State

The 31-48 Lakers, who have lost seven straight, have been eliminated from playoff contention. They have three regular-season games remaining.

Injuries to James and Davis, Westbrook's struggles and a lack of consistent production outside its Big Three played parts in L.A. missing the playoffs.

It was ultimately a lost season for the 2019-20 champions, who will now have to reconstruct their team this offseason in hopes of a return trip to the postseason.

For the time being, the Lakers have to finish out the string of a season that will end Sunday in Denver.

Without Westbrook, look for D.J. Augustin to start at point guard. Stanley Johnson and Dwight Howard should form the frontcourt, with Malik Monk and Avery Bradley on the wings. Carmelo Anthony should also play a big role off the bench.