9:43 PM ET
LOS ANGELES — Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell will not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night because of a sore right hip, coach Darvin Ham said.
“He was evaluated today, has a little something going on with his hip, so it’s best that we hold him out tonight,” Ham said.
Ham said Russell aggravated his hip against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday amid a brilliant performance in which he scored 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting with six assists in 34 minutes. Ham said Russell will be day-to-day moving forward. The Lakers’ next game is Sunday, at home against the Chicago Bulls.
Friday will be Russell’s seventh missed game since he joined the Lakers following a trade deadline deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s averaged 18.6 points on 47.1% shooting (39.5% from 3) and 6.4 assists in the 11 games since the deal, with the Lakers going 7-4.
7:25 AM ET
ANTHONY DAVIS SAT in the corner of his bedroom closet, overwhelmed.
It was a couple days after another injury threatened to derail yet another season for him, and the Los Angeles Lakers big man was at his breaking point.
“I’m like, shaking,” Davis told ESPN last week, jittering his hand to illustrate his state on that day in December. “I’m just so mad and sad at the same time. … Frustrated.”
While making a routine post move to score over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic on Dec. 16, Davis felt a sharp pang, which indicated a complex problem in his right foot: A bone spur had fractured off the navicular bone, which was also suffering from a stress reaction. The crucial weight-bearing bone might have been chipped since his college days at the University of Kentucky, doctors speculated, but the bone bruise exacerbated it.
Davis rated the pain level at an 8