Caruso found his way through the G League for most of the season to the starting point guard for the Lakers at season's end. The former Texas A&M standout's most productive game of the year came on the final day of the regular season when he dropped a career high 15 points and added seven rebounds at the Clippers. Caruso will probably find himself on a G League team next year but it won't be surprising if he can somehow land a two-way contract.
Caruso compiled six points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 16 minutes in Sunday's 112-97 loss to the Jazz.
Caruso continues to draw starts at point guard in the absence of Lonzo Ball (knee), but he typically cedes the majority of minutes to reserve Tyler Ennis. Such was the case again Sunday, as the 24-year-old saw less than 20 minutes for the fourth straight game. Even when Caruso has hit the 30-minute mark lately -- which has occurred in two games -- he's still taken no more than seven shot attempts, keeping his offensive contributions capped. Given his limited role, Caruso isn't much of a DFS consideration even if he continues drawing starts over the final two games of the season.
Caruso drew the start in place of Lonzo Ball (knee) and went for seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in Sunday's 84-83 loss to the Kings.
The 24-year-old followed up a Friday start in which he'd p put up similarly modest numbers with another serviceable but unspectacular line. Caruso actually did more as a rebounder than facilitator, and his seven shot attempts reflect his abbreviated and secondary role in the offense despite the starting role. Assuming Ball remains sidelined, t remains to be seen if coach Luke Walton will give Caruso another run with the first unit in Tuesday's matchup against the Jazz or turn to Josh Hart, who logged 26 minutes off the bench Sunday.
With Lonzo Ball sitting out of his second straight game with a sore knee, Caruso moves into the starting lineup for the Lakers. Caruso had a strong showing in Ball's first absence, recording six points, six assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes and should see around 30 minutes once again.
Caruso will be available for both the Lakers' games Friday against Milwaukee and Sunday against Sacramento, Shahan Ahmed of NBC4 Los Angeles reports. He'll play for the G-League's South Bay Lakers in between those contests.
Caruso will be bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the G-League over the weekend, but is fully expected to be available for both of the big club's games. That said, he hasn't seen great run with LA as of late, eclipsing 20 minutes just once during the month of March.
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