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Lakers Kyle Kuzma to miss season opener against Clippers

The team declared Sunday that Kuzma will miss opening night versus the Los Angeles Clippers. A statement from the Lakers that came earlier this month disclosed that Kuzma was still not cleared to take the floor after the left foot injury he sustained during his time with USA Basketball.

“There’s still progression to be had,” said Vogel. “He was very limited with what he did today, and it was all non-contact in limited duration. It’s going to take some time for him to get his legs under him and build up to the point where he’s playing live with contact, and then some time where we want to see him perform in that and respond well to that before we clear him to play.”

Kuzma played in just one exhibition game in late August with Team USA before sitting out the remainder of the summer in order to heal.

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The lingering nature of the injury isn’t ideal for the Lakers, who are entering their first season with Frank Vogel as head coach and obtaining Davis — and making a plethora of other moves over the offseason — and they expect Kuzma, 24, to play a major role in their success this season. Thus, they would obviously like to have him healthy and out on the floor during camp to gain familiarity with the system and his new teammates. 

Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.1 minutes of action per game for the Lakers last season. 

The Clippers will be without superstar forward Paul George as well, making opening night an unusual battle of attrition.  Kuzma is in his third NBA season after being drafted out of Utah in 2017. The Lakers declined to trade him this summer when they acquired Anthony Davis from New Orleans, and Kuzma is now the only player drafted by the Lakers before 2019 to remain on the team.

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Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers

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The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers play Friday night at the Staples Center.

The Toronto Raptors could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 101.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 assists while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from deep and are getting 75.7 points from their starting unit. However, the Raptors have lost all three games this season when failing to score 100 or more points. Ten of the Raptors last 14 regular season losses have come on the road.

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to start winning if they’re going to a turnaround a 2-9 start. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 99.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.7 points and two assists while Louis Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 2.8 assists. Julius Randle is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and D’Angelo Russell is dishing 2.7 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are getting 38.8 points from their bench but are shooting just 32.5 percent from deep. The Lakers pretty much look like the same mess they were a season ago. Nine of the Lakers last 13 wins have come on their home court. Kobe Bryant is questionable with a back injury.


LAKERS: D’Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert

RAPTORS: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas


DeRozan vs. Bryant

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Kobe Bryant, who’s now in his 20th season with the Lakers. Bryant isn’t the Bryant of old, but he’s sure to have a big game or two left in his body and he’s always been good against the Raptors.



  • The 2-9 Lakers have been idle since losing to Phoenix on Monday night and are just 1-3 at home
  • Ex-Raptor Lou Williams is 5-for-15 from three-point range in his last five games, when he’s averaged about nine field-goal attempts in close to 25 minutes on average
  • In eight games, Bryant is shooting 23 per cent from three-point range and 34 per cent overall from the field
  • Big trip for Raptors rookie Norman Powell, honourary captain for his UCLA alma mater at a home game against Pepperdine on Thursday
  • Kyle Lowry has made 30 straight free throws.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ tough start to the season continues as they are still seeking for their second win when they travel to the AmericanAirlines Arena to face the resurgent Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association.

The Heat have swept the two-game series in each of the past three seasons, having won the past seven meetings at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the Lakers winning just once in Miami since 2004

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a road win to climb out of a tough 1-5 hole. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 104.3 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 16.5 points and 2.7 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.5 points and two assists. Louis Williams is dishing 2.8 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting just 29.1 percent from downtown but are getting 40.7 points from their bench. Still, the Lakers lack of defense is their ultimate downfall, as they’ve given up 100-plus points in 14 of their last 17 games. Four of the Lakers last eight wins have come on the road.

The Miami Heat need a win after splitting their last six games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 90.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 10.9 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 4.1 assists. The Miami Heat are allowing just 27 percent shooting from deep and are holding opponents starting units to 59.3 points. However, the Heat are getting just 26 points from their bench, which is seven points less than league average. The Heat have won 10 of their last 14 home games

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