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Among the huge stories throughout the league this season has actually been groups playing shorthanded, due to both injuries and COVID-19. The Los Angeles Lakers are the current group to handle the concern in a significant method, and on Saturday we discovered their issues will not end at any time quickly.

Veteran huge guy Marc Gasol will be out a minimum of 2 more video games due to COVID-19 procedures, head coach Frank Vogeltold reporters on Saturday Gasol hasn’t played given that a Feb. 28 match versus the Golden State Warriors prior to the All-Star break, and it’s unclear if he has actually checked favorable for the infection. His extended lack recommends it might be possible, however Dennis Schroder’s quotes on Saturday suggest it may be a governmental concern. Via ESPN:

” At the end of the day, we’re pros. Even if you are healthy and in the health and wellness procedures, you still attempt to get the operate in. I suggest, I believe the circumstance with Marc is even worse than mine. However at the end of the day, we can’t manage that. We simply got to do our things that we can manage however … it’s some B.S., for sure.”

In any case, the Lakers will stay very thin in the frontcourt, as Anthony Davis stays sidelined himself due to a calf injury. Kostas Antetokounmpo, though he hardly ever plays, is likewise out due to health and wellness procedures. As an action, the group just recently signed Damian Jones to a 2nd 10-day agreement. He began on Friday night versus the Indiana Pacers, scoring 7 points in 16 minutes.

Going back to the last video game Davis played, the Lakers are 4-6 and have actually slipped down to 3rd location in the Western Conference. Based upon what we have actually seen because time, they’re simply going to need to attempt to keep treading water up until they can return to complete strength.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that they showed in the bubble that they have what it requires to win in the postseason, and they were dominant early in this season when they were completely healthy.

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