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Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (hand) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. He has been diagnosed with a fractured finger on his left hand. However, Gasol believes it won't be much of an issue because it is on his left hand, which he doesn't use as much. Andre Drummond (toe) is listed as day-to-day, so Gasol could have some streaming appeal, assuming he plays Saturday.
Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Talen Horton-Tucker had a team-high 19 points off the bench with seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Thursday's 121-113 loss to Boston, shooting 7-for-15 from the field and 5-for-5 at the foul line. Marc Gasol led the starters with 18 points. Horton-Tucker is having a fine month, averaging 14 points a night with four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes. The 20-year-old has led the team in scoring twice over the last six games. A tough challenge against Utah is up next for Horton-Tucker and the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder picked up 19 points and six assists with four rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's win against Charlotte, going a nice 3-for-7 with the three-ball and shooting 8-for-19 overall from the field. He logged a team-high 36 minutes and recorded only one turnover. Schroder tends to lay an egg here and there, but he's generally a pretty productive player who scores at a good rate, dishes out quite a few assists, and provides defensive stats with steals. He'll roll out versus the Celtics next, who have a mediocre defensive record against point guards. Schroder posted a 12-3-7 line with one steal in this season's first head-to-head clash.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma led all scorers with a 24-point effort in Tuesday's 101-93 win over Charlotte, shooting 7-for-18 from the field and 6-for-6 at the line. He had four triples with 12 attempts and added four rebounds to his line with one assist and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Kuzma almost doubled his season average in points here, but he is having a horrible shooting month and recently even went back-to-back games without hitting double figures. He will find himself in a tricky matchup next with the Celtics coming to town. Boston has finally started to heat up and is close to getting to the top-10 in defensive efficiency.
Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (elbow) will play Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets. Drummond popped up on the injury report with an elbow injury he likely suffered on Monday against the New York Knicks, but it will not cost him any time. The Lakers will likely need Drummond to step up if Markieff Morris (ankle) can not give it a go.