Although they all participated in a light practice on Saturday, the Lakers still have listed rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, veteran point guard Marcelo Huertas and power forward Brandon Bass all doubtful to play in Sunday’s game against Maccabi Haifa at Staples Center.
Russell has nursed a bruised glute since taking a hard fall in Tuesday’s game against Utah, while Bass bruised his left knee after taking another fall in the same game. Huertas has nursed a strained right hamstring since practice last Saturday, forcing him to miss all three of the Lakers’ first three exhibition games. The 32-year-old Brazilian native spent part of his absence traveling to Vancouver to finalize documents needed for a work visa.
“With D’Angelo, most of his pain is when he’s moving to his right,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “With Brandon, it’s just soreness in his knee right now. He says it feels pretty good. But once we get up and down the floor tomorrow, we’ll see how they feels after that. Then we’ll go from there.”
Huertas reported that his hamstring feels “better,” but that it has not fully recovered. Huerta’s return could become more notable. He has yet to play in any NBA game after signing a non-guaranteed contract for training camp.
“He was great in practice and the scrimmages that we had,” Scott said of Huertas. “The guys he was playing with, they seemed to enjoy playing with him because he’s a true point guard that can pass that ball. I’m very curious to see how he plays in a real live basketball game.”