The Lakers (37-29) face the Blazers (37-29) in Portland on the second night of a back-to-back. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. on Spectrum SportsNet.
Below are three things to know about the matchup:
THE INJURY LIST
It’s hard to find a more important storyline for the Lakers outside of their injury concerns, which have basically dominated since Anthony Davis went down in early February. Things looked to have turned a corner when AD returned on April 22 and LeBron followed on April 30, but after playing in two games, LeBron’s back on the bench rehabilitating his sprained ankle, and will again be out against Portland on Friday evening. Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols) and Talen Horton-Tucker (right calf strain) will be out once again, leaving L.A. without their three top playmakers off the dribble.
Conceivably, the Lakers could run things through Anthony Davis, but he played only nine minutes against the Clippers on Thursday before leaving due to back spasms. He did say after the game that he had his back worked on throughout the game and it felt better.
Anthony Davis said his plan is to play tomorrow night at Portland.
He said his back feels better now after getting treatment on it during the game.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) May 7, 2021
SEARCHING FOR PLAYMAKING
Given the current injuries and absences for the Lakers, the biggest issue has been finding somebody to get past the initial defense…