With the Lakers eliminated from play-in game contention and both players dealing with injuries, airing on the side of caution may be the best approach for the team over the final games of the season.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook— who has played 78 of 79 games this season — is expected to be out vs. Golden State tonight, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 7, 2022
One source close to the situation said Tuesday that LeBron was likely to continue sitting — no matter what that did to his scoring title chances — if the Lakers were eliminated from play-in consideration. We’ll soon see if that stance holds.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 7, 2022
James has been dealing with a sprained ankle that has largely kept him sidelined since he suffered the injury against the Pelicans on March 27. Russell Westbrook was listed as questionable heading into Thursday’s game with right shoulder soreness, a new designation on the injury report for a player who has previously only missed one game this season.
This breaking news story will be updated with more information as it continues to develop.