Lakers News: Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook Ruled Out for Finale with Injuries

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 9, 2022

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Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have been ruled out of the Los Angeles Lakers' season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening due to injury.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN provided the injury report for the game at Denver's Ball Arena, with a 9:30 p.m. ET tipoff.

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Lakers injury report for tomorrow’s season finale in Denver: <a href="https://t.co/3rL0xO5eB9">pic.twitter.com/3rL0xO5eB9</a>

LeBron James has already missed the past four games with a left ankle sprain. Davis, Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony each missed the last two matchups with their reported ailments.

The 32-49 Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention after a 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Davis and Westbrook have been out ever since with the team playing out the string.

The Lakers have played two games without their Big Three following the Suns loss. Other players have taken the opportunity to step up with the season winding down.

Talen Horton-Tucker dropped 40 points on 15-of-28 shooting alongside four steals in a 128-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Stanley Johnson then led eight players in double-figure scoring with 21 points as the Lakers broke an eight-game losing streak with a 120-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Now the season will draw to a close against NBA MVP candidate Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, who are tied for fifth in the Western Conference at 48-33. They'll be headed to the playoffs, while the Lakers will be heading home for the season after the game.