Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis status is in question, while Miami Heat forwards Jimmy Butler and Haywood Highsmith remain sidelined MIAMI HEAT
The Miami Heat (19-14) are aiming to bounce back from consecutive losses on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (17-17).
Miami was outmatched on Monday evening against the Los Angeles Clippers, resulting in a double-digit loss. Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a rough patch, losing eight of their last 11 contests.
Here’s the injury report:
Jimmy Butler: Out – Right Foot Irritation
Haywood Highsmith: Out – Concussion Protocol
Caleb Martin: Doubtful – Right Ankle Sprain
Josh Richardson: Questionable – Left Back Facet Syndrome
Dru Smith: Out – Right Knee Surgery
Anthony Davis: Probable – Left Ankle Sprain/Bone Bruise
Rui Hachimura: Out – Left Calf Strain
LeBron James: Questionable – Non-COVID Illness
Cam Reddish: Probable – Left Groin Soreness
D’Angelo Russell: Doubtful – Tailbone Contusion
Gabe Vincent: Out – Left Knee Surgery
The Heat are accustomed to playing shorthanded, but their opponent on the same playing field is uncommon.
Butler and Highsmith are key absences, especially if James and Davis are available. Reddish, Russell, and Hachimura are valuable contributors, but LA can compete without them. Meanwhile, the Heat’s success lies on the shoulders of star duo Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo.
If the Lakers superstar tandem is sidelined, Miami has a prominent opportunity to get back on track.