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Top Lakers News

  • Lakers' Moritz Wagner: Plays seven minutes in blowout win

    Wagner had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and three rebounds in seven minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    Wagner made his sixth appearance of the season, as the blowout nature of the game allowed coach Luke Walton to clear his bench. Back in the offseason there was a tiny sliver of hope that Wagner could potentially earn a small role right away as a rookie thanks to his shooting ability, but the acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler has pushed Ivica Zubac and Wagner into irrelevance.

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  • Lakers' Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Scores 12 points in 18 minutes

    Mykhailiuk managed 12 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, and one rebound in 18 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    Mykhailiuk has earned double-digit minutes in five of the first seven December games, and he contributed career highs in scoring and assists in this one. It's also the second time in the last four games that Mykhailiuk has canned three three-pointers. The absence of Brandon Ingram (ankle), who is expected to miss at least the next two games, is providing Mykhailiuk an opportunity and he's making the most of it.

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  • Lakers' Ivica Zubac: Plays 12 minutes in Saturday's win

    Zubac collected six points (3-4 FG) and one rebound in 12 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    Zubac made his ninth appearance of the season and earned double-digit minutes for the first time since doing so in back-to-back bouts on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. With JaVale McGee holding down the fort as the starting center and Tyson Chandler eating up most of the playing time behind McGee, Zubac is an afterthought.

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  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball: Triple-double, five steals in win

    Ball contributed 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    Ball recorded his first triple-double of the season while posting a season high scoring total and matching season highs in rebounds and steals. Ball has reached double figures in boards and dimes three times each through 29 appearances, and while his per-game averages are down across the board compared to last season, the sophomore is showing signs of promise and seems to be slowly finding his niche offensively alongside LeBron James.

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  • Lakers' LeBron James: Triple-double in Saturday's win

    James produced 24 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    James recorded his second triple-double of the season while playing 30 minutes or less for the fifth time through 29 appearances. James is averaging a career low minutes average and is guilty of coasting on the defensive end more than occasionally, but he is sinking a career-high 2.2 three-pointers game and is clearly still one of the top options across all formats.

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  • Lakers' JaVale McGee: Scores 19 points in 18 minutes

    McGee finished with 19 points (9-10 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three blocks, and one steal in 18 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.

    McGee shook off an illness to deliver a dominant performance on both ends. He continues to clean up offensively, screening and diving into the paint for easy buckets galore. In fact, if the season ended today he'd have a career-best scoring average (11.8) while connecting on 62.6 percent of his field-goal attempts. Meanwhile, McGee is also managing career-high per-game averages of 2.6 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 assists through 29 appearances.

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  • Lakers' JaVale McGee: Listed as starter

    McGee (illness) is listed as the starter ahead of Saturday's game against the Hornets.

    McGee was a game-time call due to an illness, but he'll give it a go. It's possible his minutes won't be as high as usual, which could prompt Tyson Chandler to see more time.

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  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Out for remainder of road trip

    Ingram (ankle) is out for the remainder of the Lakers' road trip, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. Ingram's next chance to play arrives Friday at home against the Pelicans.

    Ingram is reportedly progressing "well', though will be out for Los Angeles' next three games. There seems to be optimism he'll be able to play Friday once the team is back home, but that's far from a guarantee. Kyle Kuzma has stepped up, averaging 42.7 fantasy points during games in which Ingram is unavailable. Josh Hart has also seen a bump of nearly 12 minutes per game.

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  • Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Out next three games

    Rondo (hand) will not travel with the Lakers on their upcoming three-game road trip, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Rondo was cleared to return to basketball activities Saturday, but the team will play it safe as it embarks on an Eastern Conference road swing. The veteran will sit out Saturday in Charlotte, Sunday in Washington and Tuesday in Brooklyn before a potential return for Friday's home matchup with the Pelicans.

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  • Lakers' JaVale McGee: Questionable with illness

    McGee is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Hornets due to an illness, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    McGee was held out of shootaround, so the Lakers will keep an eye on him throughout the day before making an official call on his status closer to tip-off. If McGee sits, expect Tyson Chandler to pick up increased minutes, with rookie Mo Wagner potentially in line for a bigger role, as well.

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