Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Young missed his eighth straight game Sunday due to a sore left knee.
Impact: It's not clear when Young will see the floor again.
Robert Sacre - #50 - Center - 7'0" - 260lbs
News: Sacre averages 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 assists and 0.8 blocks on the season for the Lakers.
Impact: Sacre has moved back-and-fourth between the starting lineup and the bench this season, but his production has remained relatively constant. He was unable to capitalize on the starting nods and will likely continue to come off the bench and provide limited fantasy value.
News: Bazemore had 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), seven boards, two assists and one block in 20 minutes off the bench off the bench.
Impact: He has been relegated to a bench role, and given how well the starters did in this game, beating the Thunder by four points, he may remain a backup for the foreseeable future.
News: Kelly was inserted back into the starting lineup Sunday against the Thunder and put up 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), five boards, eight assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.
Impact: Now that Kelly looks to be back in a starting role, he's worth a look in most leagues, as he has the ability to contribute in a variety of categories.
News: Gasol (ankle) had 20 points (8-17 FG, 4-4 FT), 11 boards, three assists and one block in 39 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Impact: Gasol tweaked his ankle in Friday's game, but Sunday's performance demonstrated that he's healthy enough to be counted on in all fantasy formats going forward.
News: Meeks scored a career-high 42 points (11-18 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 14-14 FT) with two rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Impact: This will probably go down as the best game of Meeks' career, but it does demonstrate his dominant role in the Lakers' backcourt. He should be a good source of points, steals and three-pointers over the rest of the season.
News: Hill won't suit up Sunday against the Thunder due to a sore right knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Hill initially injured the knee in late February, resulting in four absences in a row. The Lakers were first afraid that he had sustained cartilage damage, but an MRI was returned negative. Thus, with a number of days off before the team next takes the floor, he could make a return Thursday at Oklahoma City or Friday in San Antonio.
News: Young won't play Sunday versus the Thunder due to a sore left knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Young has missed seven consecutive games, and 13 of the past 14, due to the ailment. There's no indication of a return date, but Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson will continue to man the two wing spots for the time being.
News: Gasol (ankle) will start at center Sunday versus the Thunder, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Gasol tweaked his left ankle in the first half of the Lakers' last tilt Friday but didn't miss a beat, playing every minute after halftime. Meanwhile, he's boosted his scoring in the second half to 21 points per game (on 55.4 percent shooting), which he's supplemented with 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 30.4 minutes nightly.
News: Kelly will start at power forward Sunday against the Thunder, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: In 13 starts this season, Kelly has contributed 10.8 points (on 41.4 percent shooting), 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers in 27.1 minutes. He'll handle the four, while Wesley Johnson slides over to cover small forward in place of Kent Bazemore.
News: Bazemore will come off the bench Sunday against the Thunder, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: In nine games since joining the Lakers at the trade deadline, Bazemore has been a fixture in the starting lineup, averaging 15 points (on 42.9 percent shooting), 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, two threes, and 1.3 steals in 30.9 minutes. Consequently, expect a modest reduction in output across the board in a likely abbreviated outing.
News: Johnson will return to the starting five Sunday against the Thunder, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Johnson will thus draw a defensive assignment of Kevin Durant but has still scored in their showdowns this season. In two tilts versus Oklahoma City, Johnson has averaged 16 points (on 53.8 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and one trey in 38 minutes.
News: Johnson played just 19 minutes during Friday's game, finishing with four points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.
Impact: Johnson wasn't in foul trouble and didn't appear to suffer any injuries Friday. Coach Mike D'Antoni seemed to be changing things up with his team, but it remains unclear if Johnson's minutes will be cut once again Sunday.
News: Bazemore played just 16 minutes during Friday's contest, finishing with three points, two rebounds and three assists.
Impact: Bazemore didn't get himself into foul trouble or suffer any injuries during the game, so it appears that coach Mike D'Antoni chose to go with reserves down the stretch. The 24-year-old had been playing well for his new team, but the Lakers as a whole where atrocious. The switch-up by D'Antoni comes at the cost of Bazemore's minutes, but it remains unclear if this will continue during Sunday's game.
News: Kelly came off the bench to put up 24 points (7-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block during Friday's 33 minute outing.
Impact: Kelly has been an insignificant part of the Lakers' rotation of late but was a main contributor during Friday's game. Fellow teammate Pau Gasol had ankle troubles during the contest, so Kelly was able to receive a slight uptick in minutes. It remains unclear if Kelly will get the same amount of run Sunday, or if he'll move back to more of a limited role.
News: Henry played 31 minutes Friday and finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Impact: This marks the most minutes that Henry has logged since returning form his absence due to problems with his knee. He was afforded considerable minutes before the injury, so Friday's run could be a sign of his expected workload to finish out the season.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Farmar scored 24 and was 4 of 5 from deep in Friday's loss to Denver.
Impact: Farmar has scored 20-plus three times in his last five games and is 20 of 32 from 3-point range over his last six.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol continues to play well amid the Lakers' struggles, scoring 21 in Friday's loss to Denver.
Impact: Gasol is averaging 24.2 points and shooting 56.8 percent over his last five contests.
News: X-rays taken on Gasol's ankle were negative, Mark Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: Considering Gasol played on the ankle for the entire second half of the game, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Still, you can't blame the team for erring on the side of caution. Gasol should be back on the court for the Lakers' next game, barring any swelling or other setbacks.
News: Updating a previous item: Gasol may have precautionary X-rays taken in the near future, but was able to return to the game and play the entire second half after tweaking his ankle in the first quarter, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Impact: Gasol had his ankle taped in the locker room and returned to the game shortly thereafter. The X-rays probably won't give much more information as it doesn't seem to be a break or fracture of any kind, but still consider him day-to-day.
News: Gasol tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Nuggets, Lakers report.
Impact: Gasol hurried to the locker room after tweaking his ankle and had it re-taped but is expected to return to the game in the second quarter and see whether he can play through it or not.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Hill is out due to a sore right knee.
Impact: The Los Angeles Lakers forward is considered day-to-day.
News: Gasol recorded 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 25 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Gasol didn't play too much in the Lakers' 48 point loss to the Clippers Thursday, but still managed to lead the Lakers in points and rebounds. This was his fourth straight game scoring 20+ points and he's been shooting very efficiently lately as well.
News: Young (knee) is out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Young will miss a sixth consecutive game, and it's unclear when he might return. A cautious approach is likely in order, after the veteran wing lasted just one game in a previous attempt to rejoin the Lakers on Feb. 23.
News: Hill won't play Thursday against the Clippers due to a sore right knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: The Lakers were fearful that Hill had sustained cartilage damage, but an MRI was returned negative. Don't be surprised if he misses a few more games as a precautionary measure, with contests on the slate Friday and Sunday, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.
News: Farmar will continue to come off the bench Thursday versus the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Mike D'Antoni has considered making a change to the starting five due to Farmar's strong play in the second half. In eight games since the break, Farmar has averaged 12.5 points (on 46.7 percent shooting), 5.4 assists, 2.8 treys, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 24 minutes. Meanwhile, Kendall Marshall will again start at the point, but D'Antoni may send Farmar out there immediately after halftime and in crunch time due to his steadiness across the board.
News: Marshall will get the start at point guard Thursday against the Clippers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: Overall, Jordan Farmar has outplayed Marshall in most facets of the game of late, but the latter has still doled out double-digit dimes in three consecutive games, warranting the starting nod. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that Farmar may still start the second half and play down the stretch Thursday, which will likely limit Marshall to the 25 minutes per game that he's logged in eight post-break outings.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike D'Antoni said that he is considering starting Farmar over Kendall Marshall, the L.A. Daily News reports.
Impact: Farmar has been playing well of late, averaging 16.0 points and 6.2 assists over his last five games. Kendall Marshall has failed to score a point in four of his last five games, but has put up double-digit assists in each of his last three. If Farmar is put in the starting lineup, he should see a few more minutes every night and it could help his fantasy value.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Bazemore scored 23 points in a 132-125 loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Impact: Bazemore is unheralded so he can't be trusted.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 132-125 loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Impact: Gasol is averaging 24.3 points in his last three games.
News: Marshall went scoreless (0-4 FG), but contributed a rebound, 10 assists and a steal in 22 minutes of action Tuesday in a loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: In his past five games, Marshall has failed to score in four of them. He's an abysmal 3-for-24 from the field in that span, and the only category he contributes in is assists. The Laker guard rotation is suddenly crowded with Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry returning from injury, and newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. Only owners desperate for assists should take a look of Marshall.
News: Farmar came off the bench to score 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with one rebound, eight assists and one steal in 26 minutes Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Coach Mike D'Antoni benched Kendall Marshall in the fourth quarter and opted to go with Farmar, who's been hot recently. In his last five games, Farmar is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 three-pointers, 6.0 assists, and 1.5 steals on 55.3 percent shooting from the field and 88.9 percent shooting from the line. Owners in need of point guard stats should give Farmar a look.
News: Bazemore matched his career-high with 23 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), and added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of action Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Since being traded to the Lakers, Bazemore has been seeing consistent minutes and has been producing at a consistent level. He's made a three-pointer in every game he's played as a Laker, and he's gotten a steal in every game but one. Owners looking for cheap three-pointers, points and steals should look no further than Bazemore, as he improves day by day as a Laker.
News: Gasol scored the Lakers' first 13 points to start the game and finished with 29 points (10-15 FG, 9-14 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and a block in 32 minutes of action Tuesday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Tuesday's game marks Gasol's third consecutive game in which he's made 10 field goals. In his past five games, Gasol is averaging 20.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocks on 54.4 percent shooting from the field. As long as he can remain healthy, Gasol should continue to produce at a high level.
News: Henry (knee) returned to action Monday against the Blazers and logged five minutes of action. He went 0-for-2 from the field and didn't contribute anything else.
Impact: Henry had missed two months of action with a knee injury, and it's encouraging to see him make his way back on the court. The Lakers have been dealing with a multitude of injuries this season, and Henry made the most of his run in December. It's not likely that he'll see similar value in this current run, as newcomers Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks have been filling in fairly well. Still, keep him on the radar in deep leagues in case another ankle gets turned in Los Angeles.
News: Bazemore scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes Monday.
Impact: The move to Los Angeles has been a blessing for Bazemore, who is getting consistent minutes for the first time in his career. The young guard has shown that he can hold his own when given the chance. If you need 3-pointers, it's time to jump aboard the Bazemore bandwagon.
News: Meeks scored 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and grabbed three rebounds in 39 minutes Monday.
Impact: Meeks has looked solid since the All-Star Break, building off his strong January to prove himself a worthy fantasy option. Over his past five games, Meeks is averaging 18.8 points on 57.4 percent shooting. Unfortunately, the guard doesn't provide much else for owners besides his scoring ability.
News: Henry (knee) will be available to play Monday but isn't expected to see much run, NBA.com reports. "Xavier is not going to play a whole lot, because I don't think he's ready," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We have to be careful with him."
Impact: A fully healthy Henry could be of use in deeper and mid-sized leagues, as was the case earlier in the season, but that time hasn't quite come yet. He's worth keeping an eye on, but with the Lakers backcourt featuring newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks lately, it's best to leave Henry on waivers for now in most formats.
News: Nash (back) is unlikely to play in another contest this season, the Los Angeles Times reports. On Monday, coach Mike D'Antoni considered Nash's return, before stating, "I doubt it."
Impact: With the Lakers resigned to a rare dismal campaign, and Nash's health still a question mark, D'Antoni would prefer that minutes be handed to the array of young guards on the roster. Thus, expect Kendall Marshall to handle the point going forward, with Jordan Farmer taking on most, if not all, of the remaining run.
News: Young (knee) won't play Monday against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as there was a report on Friday that Young wasn't close to returning. The Lakers have a lot of pieces on the wing, so it's not a lock that his fantasy value will be where it was earlier in the season upon his return.
News: Henry (knee) will make the trip to Portland with the Lakers after a brief stint rehabbing in the D-League, the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: It sounds like he'll be available to play in Monday's game, but it would be wise to see how he's used first before deploying him, as the Lakers have a lot of options on the wing right now.
News: Henry (knee) said that he hasn't been experiencing any pain, but is still trying to get back into game shape as he eyes a Monday return, the Lakers' Official Site reports.
Impact: It hasn't been confirmed that Henry will be able to play Monday, but the fact that he's rejoining the team after a rehab stint in the D-League suggests that he'll be available. There's been changes to the Lakers' rotation since he last played, so it might be wise to monitor his first outing before deploying him.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaman (back) returned to action Friday but played just four minutes and only recorded one block.
Impact: It's hard to say what Kaman's role on the Lakers will be moving forward. He enjoyed a nice run of games in February, but has been sidelined for many others this season, despite being fully healthy. The Lakers' next game Monday will be telling of Kaman's value as the season draws to a close.
News: Meeks enjoyed perfection as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Meeks scored 22 points and made all eight shots. His point total matched the second-best total by any player who shot perfectly this season and it's an effort that has followers of NBA analytics drooling thanks to his efficiency.
News: Brooks scored 23 as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Brooks will get minutes if Nick Young is out for L.A.
News: Gasol scored 22 as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Gasol also had six assists, five boards and five turnovers.
News: Farmar scored a career-high 30 points off the bench, making eight of 10 shots from 3-point range, as the Lakers beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.
Impact: Farmar is shooting 44.9 percent from long range and should get more minutes.
News: Farmar scored 30 points (9-14 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT) in 29 minutes off the bench Friday against the Kings.
Impact: Even before this game, Farmar had made 11 threes in the five games since the All Star break. He is averaging 24 minutes per game over that stretch, and is a good source of threes and assists, though he cannot be relied upon in other categories.
News: Kaman (back) is probable for Friday's game against the Kings, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Kaman sat out Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies with a sore back, but appears to be ready to go Friday. In February, he is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.
News: A Lakers' spokesman said Friday that he doesn't think Young (knee) "is real close" to returning to the lineup, the OC Register reports.
Impact: This is a very vague statement, but it does hint that the team is going to bring Young along very slowly. With the worst record in the Western Conference, the Lakers' are unlikely to rush him back to court.
News: Young (knee) will not play Friday versus Sacramento, the Lakers' official website reports.
Impact: Young has featured in just one of the Lakers' past nine games due to knee soreness. With Los Angeles long out of contention, the team won't risk playing Young in seemingly meaningless games. As such, the shooting guard's owners will need to exercise patience with Young until his knee can handle consistent playing time.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henry has been assigned to the L.A. D-Fenders of the D-League and will play Thursday, the Lakers' official twitter feed reports.
Impact: Henry has missed 27 straight games because of a right knee injury. The Lakers will likely let him get some game time logged in the D-League before he returns to the team. With the worst record in the Western Conference, the team will not try to rush him back.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Farmar scored 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt) in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Impact: Farmar's outside shot was falling, which allowed him to crack double-figures for Los Angeles. While he's capable of nights like Wednesday's here and there, Farmar is too inconsistent to own in virtually all fantasy formats.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaman (back) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Kaman, who has been banged up for much of the season, is dealing with a sore back and will not take the court. Expect some combination of Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly to see increased minutes in Kaman's absence.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Bazemore continues to take advantage of the opportunity created by his trade from Golden State to the Lakers, establishing a new career high in points for the third straight game with 23 in Tuesday's loss at Indiana.
Impact: Bazemore is averaging 18.3 points in his first three games for Los Angeles. He had been averaging 2.3 points in 44 games for Golden State and scored in double figures just twice.
News: Nash (nerve root irritation) was held out of Tuesday's game.
Impact: He can be considered "out" until further notice, as there's no word on when he'll take the court again. Even if he were to return, Kent Bazemore has been a big hit since arriving in a trade from Golden State, so Nash wouldn't be a great fantasy option.
News: Marshall was held scoreless in 18 minutes Tuesday with three rebounds, four assists and one steal against the Pacers.
Impact: He has now seen fewer than 25 minutes in three-straight games. Meanwhile, newcomer Kent Bazemore scored 23 points in 39 minutes as a starter, as coach Mike D'Antoni clearly wants to try out the team's new acquisition in an increased role. Marshall has too much upside in assists to give up on him in most formats, but it's certainly a worrisome situation.
News: Bazemore had a career-high 23 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT) with four boards, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes Tuesday against the Pacers.
Impact: The Lakers seem to really like their new toy, and until this production cools off, he's a great play in daily leagues, and worth a flier in standard leagues for owners desperate for scoring. Kendall Marshall only saw 18 minutes Tuesday, and if that's a trend that continues, Bazemore could hold his current value.
News: Young (knee soreness) will not play for the rest of the Lakers' road trip, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Young played 20 minutes on Sunday, but will miss the Lakers' next two games against the Pacers and Grizzlies. With his absence, fantasy owners should expect both Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks to receive more playing time on this road trip. With the Lakers out of playoff contention, Young's return to the court will be a slow and conservative approach. Fantasy owners should monitor Young, but realize it could take some time for the swingman to be playing his normal 28 minutes a game.
News: Young (knee soreness) will not play Tuesday versus the Pacers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Young played 20 minutes on Sunday despite still sporting an ailing left knee. With the Lakers out of contention and banged-up in the backcourt, Young's health will not be risked Tuesday. The swingman will likely be eased into more consistent playing time in the coming games, so his fantasy owners should prepare to be flexible with Young.
News: Brooks has played well in his first two games with the Lakers', averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, two steals and an assist while shooting 55.6 percent.
Impact: Brooks has seen an increase of 2.1 minutes per game with the Warriors to 21.0 minutes per game with the Lakers. His expanded role and a good shooting percentage has given him an exponential rise in fantasy value.
News: Young (knee) returned to the court Sunday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one steal in 20 minutes.
Impact: Young didn't quite play his normal amount of minutes, but that's to be expected since the Lakers will likely ease him back into the lineup in order to prevent any setbacks. He provides a scoring spark off the bench for the Lakers, but it may take a few games before he gets back to his pre-injury production levels.
News: Young believes that he can play through an ailing left knee, which has yet to undergo an MRI, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Impact: Young never had an MRI performed on the knee because he was fearful of what it may reveal. While his desire to play out the season is admirable, a severe setback could threaten the final 26 games of the Lakers' slate. In any case, Sunday's return from a six-game absence -- 10 points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one rebound, and one steal in 20 minutes -- was a modest success, though he may find it difficult to find more run in a healthier backcourt.
Feb 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bazemore finished with 17 points, one assist and two steals in 29 minutes during his first start for the Lakers on Sunday.
Impact: Bazemore has now had two solid performances under his belt for the Lakers. He definitely warrants some consideration moving forward, especially if he continues to start.
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Gasol had 16 points and seven boards in Friday's win over the Celts.
Impact: The trading deadline has passed and Gasol remains in LA. It's hard to say what to make of his fantasy future now.
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson scored 24 points for Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, but it was not enough, as the team fell 134-108 to Houston.
Impact: The 24 points came close to a season-high for Johnson, and he also chipped in with seven rebounds.
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Brooks and Kent Bazemore.
Impact: Brooks has played limited minutes and has no value.
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
Impact: Bazemore has played limited minutes and has no value.
Tue. Feb 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Nash is out due to nerve irritation in his left leg that was fractured last season.
Impact: It's not clear when he will be back. Nash is 40 and should not be part of your fantasy team and there is probably no need for anyone that age to still be trying to play.