It was announced today, by the Lakers, that Luol Deng will not be playing tonight due to a bruised knee. While he and Anthony Brown were practicing they bump knees. Luol suffered a bruised left knee.
Luol Deng listed as doubtful for tonight vs. Denver because of bruised left knee. He bumped knees w/ Anthony Brown during practice on Thurs
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 7, 2016
It doesn’t sound too serious, but there is no reason to throw Luol Deng, a 12 year veteran, into a meaningless preseason game.
Brandon Ingram might start
What does this mean for the Laker game tonight? It could mean that Brandon Ingram will start at the 3. He played extremely well against the Kings on Wednesday night, especially on defense. His shot wasn’t falling but his length was a huge issue for the Kings. He caused 3 turnovers, including 2 in which he was beat by his man. Ingram would likely go up against Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler tonight. Unless Mike Malone decides to put smaller unit to start the game.
This could all be speculation. After the first shocker of the season in which Walton started Lou Williams over Jordan Clarkson. It’s clear that rotations have not been set and Walton stated that he is experimenting with a few lineups. That said my hope is to see a D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Timofey Mozgov starting lineup.
Though I liked Jordan Clarkson coming off the bench. Anthony Brown still needs more playing time to make sure Wednesday wasn’t just a fluke. Also Lou Williams needs to stay as far away from the starting lineup as possible. I had violent flashbacks of last season every time Russell passed to him and he pump faked into a contested jumper.
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