Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt Out for Game 1 vs. Nuggets with Midfoot Sprain

Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt ruled out for Game 1 vs. Nuggets due to right midfoot sprain, a blow to their defense against the defending champions. Team taking a cautious approach, hoping for his return in Game 2.

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Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt Out for Game 1 vs. Nuggets with Midfoot Sprain

Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt Out for Game 1 vs. Nuggets with Midfoot Sprain

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been ruled out for Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets due to a right midfoot sprain. Head coach Darvin Ham stated that Vanderbilt is currently wearing a walking boot as a precautionary measure.

Vanderbilt's absence will impact the Lakers' depth, especially against the defending NBA champion Nuggets, who are the favorites in this series. The Lakers were hoping to have Vanderbilt available to help defend against the Nuggets' potent offense, but will now need to rely on other players to step up in his absence.

According to Ham, there has been no setback in Vanderbilt's recovery process. However, the team is taking a cautious approach with the walking boot to ensure he does not worsen the injury. Vanderbilt will be considered day-to-day as the Lakers progress through the opening-round series, with his next chance to play coming in Game 2 on Monday.

Why this matters: Vanderbilt's defensive presence has been vital for the Lakers this season. His size and defensive abilities could be key to defeating the Nuggets, who have posed a significant challenge for the Lakers in the regular season.

Vanderbilt has already missed 29 games this season due to various injuries. The Lakers are hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's sweep in the Western Conference Finals against the Nuggets and will need Vanderbilt back in the lineup as soon as possible. "We just want him to stay off of it, just to be precautionary and have him do his treatment," Ham said regarding Vanderbilt's status.

Key Takeaways

  • Jarred Vanderbilt ruled out for Game 1 vs. Nuggets due to right midfoot sprain.
  • Vanderbilt wearing walking boot as precautionary measure, no setback in recovery.
  • Vanderbilt's defensive presence crucial for Lakers against Nuggets' potent offense.
  • Lakers hope to avoid repeat of last season's sweep by Nuggets in playoffs.
  • Vanderbilt's status day-to-day, next chance to play in Game 2 on Monday.