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Although the Los Angeles Lakers have dropped three straight games since a 24-3 start, only injuries seem like they could derail the franchise’s promising 2019-20 season.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both missed a game recently, but the level of concern isn’t particularly high.
In fact, the superstars should be ready for the brightest spotlight of the NBA campaign so far. James and Davis are expected to play Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin:
Davis missed the Dec. 17 clash against the Indiana Pacers, who earned a 105-102 victory that halted Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak. Two games later, James watched from the sideline as the Lakers fell 128-104 to the Denver Nuggets.
Worse yet, Davis fell awkwardly and seemed to injure his right knee against the Nuggets but returned to that game.
In between those absences, Davis and LeBron both played in the team’s 111-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Put simply, it’s been a rough week in Laker Land.
The timing for positive news could hardly be better, though. Snapping a three-game skid while toppling their Staples Center rivals would be extra encouraging, particularly since the Lakers are set to play a full-strength Clippers squad.
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