The Los Angeles Lakers set up a four-player road trip Tuesday night and take them for the last time before the All-Star crimes when they meet Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers make sure to lure the involuntary first half of the season by finishing .500 on their current trip.
As has been essentially the whole season, they must do so without being 100 percent. Josh Hart received a PRP injection on Monday to treat tendinitis in his right knee and has already been excluded. Hart is due to be evaluated after the All-Star break.
Meanwhile, the Lakers continues without Lonzo Ball as he continues to recover from a graduated 3 strained left ankle headed on January 19. An MRI the following day revealed the severity of Boll's injury and he was projected to miss four to six weeks.
The Lakers can also be without Tyson Chandler and Mike Muscala for their game with Hawks, as they also did not participate in the shootaround and both are considered reluctant with their respective injuries per Kyle Goon from Southern California News Group:
Mike Muscala has a reinforced right ankle from the last game. He's the question. Tyson Chandler is also questioning with a large-scale magnification.
Also did not participate in the shootaround.
– Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) February 12, 2019
Muscala rolled his ankle during the second half of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers but remained on the court. He finished with eight points on 3-on-7 shots (2-of-5 behind the bow), to join a rebound and two help in 13 minutes of his Lakers debut.
In the case of Chandler, his role and minutes have reduced sinus at the beginning of the team. He fought back tenderness which has caused the Lakers to keep the veteran center out of play. In addition, the Lakers head coach Luke Walton strategically gave Chandler rest in recent weeks.
Walton said he planned to speak to Chandler to outline a game plan that would preserve his health and help him prepare.
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