Caruso is expected to enter the Lakers' starting lineup for Sunday's Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Caruso will reportedly take the spot of Dwight Howard, who is coming off of a poor Game 5 in which he had just two points and two rebounds -- along with a few costly fouls -- in 15 minutes. The smaller look more closely mirrors the Heat's starting five, which features only one true big man in Bam Adebayo. Caruso finished Game 5 with three points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
Caruso registered 11 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block in 26 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 117-107 Game 5 win over the Nuggets. Caruso was dealing with a wrist injury prior to Game 5 but that didn't limit his contributions -- he was the team's third-highest scoring behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James. He will continue to come off the bench during the NBA Finals and is quite inconsistent on a night-to-night basis, but Caruso might still hold value as a scoring spark off the bench when he gets enough minutes on the court. He has scored 10 or more points four times during the current postseason run.
Caruso (wrist) is probable for Saturday's Game 5 against the Nuggets. Caruso was probable for Game 4 and ended up playing 20 minutes, posting three points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 20 minutes. Assuming he's cleared for Game 5, he should continue to occupy the same role.
Caruso is probable for Thursday's Game 4 due to right wrist soreness and will also undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports. Caruso has emerged from Tuesday's Game 3 loss with a wrist injury. He's struggled shooting the ball in the playoffs, hitting just 40.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and 23.8 percent of his threes, so a wrist issue certainly won't help the issue. That said, he's still expected to play.
Caruso notched 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench during Thursday's Game 4 win over the Rockets. Caruso has carved a steady role off the bench for the Lakers all season long but has stepped it up in the playoffs, scoring in double digits in three of the team's last seven games. He drained a clutch three-point shot in the final minute of the game Thursday that iced the game for good and, while he can't be counted for sustained production on the scoring column, he's a decent option for most formats due to his ability to fill the stat sheet with relative ease. He is averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game across the Rockets in the current series.
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