Lakers still trying to shake off fatigue from China trip

first_img“It was a collective (decision),” he said. “I felt like I was able to play and they felt I was able to play as well.”The Lakers had been slow-playing the injury to the 26-year-old star, which he suffered in China against the Brooklyn Nets. After an MRI on Monday, the Lakers said he would be day-to-day with the injury, but he practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday without restrictions.LAKERS CELEBRATE PRIDE NIGHTThe Lakers had their second annual Pride Night on Wednesday against the Warriors, celebrating LGBT inclusivity with a rainbow color scheme featured in the on-screen promotions, a laser light show and a giveaway of light-up bracelets.The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles sang the national anthem prior to the game. The team presented an award to Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to play in Major League Soccer when he took the field for the L.A. Galaxy in 2013. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, Lakers coach Frank Vogel felt his team needed some California sunshine.That was part of the thinking in starting the off-day practice in a park across the street from the team’s practice facility, where they tossed around a football and ran the length of the soccer fields.On Wednesday, Vogel hoped that his main rotation players would “play to exhaustion” against the Warriors and work on their conditioning. It’s all an attempt to work on the same issue: The Lakers are still lagging after a trip to China.A 15-hour time difference is always tricky to get over, and it didn’t help that political tension kept the Lakers more confined to their hotel than normal, with shootarounds and practices either canceled or cut short. Vogel said he felt even though some of his core players – including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Danny Green – had gotten rest on Monday night, the larger issue was general fatigue. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Just compromised us a little bit and we’re going to be climbing uphill a little bit in that regard,” he said. “So one of my messages to these guys is to play to exhaustion tonight. Really push themselves and try to fatigue themselves and use this game as a conditioner.”Part of the drag has been the tight turnaround since a late-arriving flight from Shenzhen. The team scheduled a pair of home games in the next four days, which has shortened the available recovery time.That has contributed to what Vogel called a “disjointed” preseason so far, which he wished he had more time to install more concepts.“We still got a long way to go,” Vogel said. “And we got less than a week now to get there. Even by opening night, we are not going to be a finished product with a disjointed preseason but we are making the best of it. we will be ready to go.”DAVIS FINE WITH THUMBDuring Wednesday’s shootaround, Anthony Davis seemed less concerned about a sprained thumb he suffered on Saturday than about missing a second straight preseason game at Staples Center. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Not wearing a wrap as he addressed media, Davis said he was relieved to be making his Lakers debut at home.Related Articleslast_img

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