Lakers keep getting hit with injuries, as Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala sit

first_imgOnly Caldwell-Pope has not missed a game for the Lakers this season. Walton gave his players credit for staying professional in the midst of even more lineup uncertainty caused by the latest injuries.“Whatever lineups we’re putting out there, they’re giving what they have,” Walton said. “That’s the No. 1 thing.”Caruso stock rising?Among the motivations for the Lakers at this point in the season, looking for work is high on the list. No one might’ve done himself more favors in that department than Alex Caruso, who has averaged 6 points and shot nearly 53 percent from 3-point range since becoming a rotation regular for the Lakers.The two-way contract player said he’s hoping that he can be a full-time player in the league next season, and he’s gotten credit from teammates for his play. Walton said although Caruso struggled Friday night against the Nets on offense, he thought the Texas A&M product has consistently brought a useful competitive effort.“Small sample size,” Walton said. “But right now the way he’s playing, he could definitely help teams win ball games.” LOS ANGELES – As poorly as the season has gone for the Lakers so far, what’s a few more injuries to the pile?The Lakers found themselves in familiar position, able to play LeBron James but with a number of other late-breaking injuries that limited what Coach Luke Walton could do with his lineups. In addition to Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers played without Reggie Bullock (right plantar fascitis), Mike Muscala (foot tendinitis) and Josh Hart (knee tendinitis).Muscala attempted to warm up before being Walton said he heard of Bullock’s injury in the afternoon meeting hours before tip-off, getting a text from team trainer Marco Nunez.“Well, it’s the same message over,” Walton said. “Unfortunately we’re getting used to giving that message, but he’s down. We gotta step up.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers have not played Hart since Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee, after which Hart said a platelet-rich injection earlier this season failed to help his tendinitis. The team has acknowledged that Hart is working with the medical staff to figure out his approach to the remainder of the season, which may include shutting down, but Walton said more information would be available later in the week.James took a spill late in Friday’s game against the Nets that he initially said might be a concern, but Walton said the Lakers star was fully ready to play.“(LeBron) respects and loves the game,” he said. “So if he’s gonna play, he’s gonna give what he has.”Tyson Chandler again was healthy for his second straight game, while Lance Stephenson checked in for the first time after seven straight absences. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKentavious Caldwell-Pope started in Bullock’s place.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Mountain View clip Pembroke Hall 1-0 in Major League Semi Final

first_imgMountain View FC booked their spot in the Magnum/KSAFA Major League Final with a 1-0 win over Pembroke Hall at the Constant Spring Field earlier this evening.Mountain View went ahead in the 3rd minute when Troyland Williams converted a penalty after a Pembroke Hall defender handled the ball inside the area.It was a game of two halves as Mountain View controlled the first, with Pembroke Hall dominating the second, coming close to equalising in stoppage time when Daniel Gray’s shot smacked the post.Mountain View will now meet Molynes United in the final and also qualify for next season’s Magnum/KSAFA Super League.last_img

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