Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Patrick Beverly has been dealing with a “flu-like bug” and will not be able to face the Cleveland Cavaliers this afternoon, head coach Durbin Hamm has revealed. Mark Medina of NBA.com. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times Clarify that the illness is not COVID-19.
Medina added that Ham has not decided who will replace Beverly. Ham will keep No. 6 Russell Westbrook, who started the season as the club’s starting point guard, in Medina in reserves. report.
Kendrick Nunn has more or less seen his minutes squeezed out of LA’s current rotation. A solid three-point shooter, he makes sense as a nominal starter, but LeBron his James could serve as the team’s primary playmaker.
At 6’5″ and profiled as a shooting guard, Austin Reeves is a better passer than Nunn and is already a mainstay in the Hamm lineup. The guard of the year currently connects with 42.9% of 2.6 triples. That’s a relatively modest total, but still an elite completion rate. It makes sense, and Nunn is likely to get more runs thanks to Beverly’s absence.
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From an offensive perspective, Beverly hasn’t had a great year. The 34-year-old is about the same as his rebounding average (4.0) and his points (4.6 games, 30.3% of his shots from the field). His defense remains versatile and solid. Hopefully Pat Bev can start taking down some jumpers again whenever he comes back.
Brad Turner add Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are set to play after each being considered likely and suspect. Power forward/center Wen-en Gabriel was feeling uneasy earlier today, but is now ready to play. continue.
In other latest injury news, All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell is set to play after all. Kyle Goon of the Orange County RegisterSo would All-Star backcourt mate Darius Garland. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.comBoth players qualified for Friday’s win over the low-ranking Detroit Pistons. So oh good luck, LA