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  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso started for Dwight Howard in Game 6 on Sunday, chipping in four points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block, validating the decision as the Lakers get to take home their 17th NBA title

    The tactical decision to start Caruso made a huge impact on the game as the smaller Laker lineup was able to outrun the Heat, beating them at their own game. Role-players like Caruso and Danny Green (11 points, 4-of-10 shooting, three 3s, five rebounds, one assist, one block) have been unsung heroes in making this championship run a reality. Their impact in the game may not always register on the stat sheet, but it's definitely something that's tangible as far as winning the game is concerned. Case in point, Caruso led the Lakers in the +/- column with a plus-20.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso will replace Dwight Howard in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 6, as expected.

    The Lakers will go small, with Caruso giving them better defense against a wider variety of Miami's players. Howard is also coming off a dreadful Game 5, making this decision fairly easy for Frank Vogel. Teams don't usually change much when they get out to a 3-1 series lead but the Lakers are being proactive here in an effort to close out the season tonight.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers plan to start Alex Caruso instead of Dwight Howard in Sunday's Game 6.

    Anthony Davis will be forced into playing center tonight despite his longstanding resistance to the idea. That hasn't been such a big deal considering how often Davis plays as a typical center, however. The Lakers will be slightly more versatile given Caruso's switchability and we'd still expect to see Howard get some minutes as the top big off the bench. This change points to the Lakers going smaller, which means they're likely to focus on stopping Jimmy Butler at extra cost while running the risk that Bam Adebayo can run wild. It's going to place a heavier burden on Davis defensively as well and the chess match is on with the Lakers aiming to take home the title tonight.

    Source: Stadium on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso scored seven points to go along with two rebounds and one 3-pointer on 3-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes as the Lakers took home a win over the Heat in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Caruso got hurt entering halftime but he was able to return. Later on in the game, Jimmy Butler shoved Caruso into Anthony Davis while he was trying to get the offensive rebound and things almost ended badly for both guys. Thankfully, they were both able to finish the game and should both be available for Game 5 on Friday. While Caruso isn't a huge part of the Lakers' offensive game, he might be their second best defender behind Davis. They'll need him to bring his A-game on Friday as the Lakers try to win their 17th championship.

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (right hip contusion) has been diagnosed with a right hip contusion but is available to return to Game 4 in the second half, per ESPN's Rachel Nichols.

    Caruso will apparently need to "continue getting some attention from the medical staff thru the game," according to Nichols, despite being available off the bench for Frank Vogel. The Lakers took just a two point advantage into the locker room at halftime so losing Caruso would be a prominent loss to their depth. He had seven points, one rebound and one triple heading into the halftime break.

    Source: Rachel Nichols on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (right hip) gingerly limped to the locker room after taking a "hip check" from Jimmy Butler and hitting the floor hard at the end of the first half of Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Caruso was noticeably heated about the play as the players were walking off the floor after the halftime buzzer sounded and was walking with a limp. Butler seemed to stick out his own hip just a bit as Caruso was trying to get around a screen and Caruso's hip made contact with Butler before he hit the ground awkwardly on his side. There should be an update soon regarding Caruso's second half status. He had been effective in the first half with seven points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes off the bench.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (sore right wrist) played 21 minutes on Wednesday and posted a solid 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Prior to the game it wasn't clear if Caruso would play, but he checked in and played his usual chunk of minutes. He only hit one of his three shots from beyond-the-arc tonight but played smart defense and was a big positive for the Lakers overall.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James (sore right groin), Alex Caruso (sore right wrist) and Danny Green (left volar plate injury) are all probable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Heat.

    As per usual, this is just the Lakers erring on the side of caution when it comes to injury reporting. All three players are tracking towards being available for the game and based on recent history, there should be no limitations in terms of playing time. The Lakers are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 and will head into Game 1 as the favorites to take their 17th NBA Championship.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (sore right wrist) was active in Saturday's win over the Nuggets, leading all Laker reserves with 26 minutes, 11 points (5-of-7 shooting), two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Caruso has long been touted as an underrated defender and he brought his bag of intangibles with him to work tonight. His heavy minutes is a good sign that his wrist injury might not be a lingering concern. While the Lakers lean heavily on both LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it's key role-players like Caruso and Danny Green (11 points, two 3s, two assists, two blocks) who round out one of the league's most potent defenses in the playoff bubble.

  • Danny Green
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Danny Green (left finger volar plate injury) and Alex Caruso (sore right wrist) have both been assigned a probable tag heading into Game 5 against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Both players look set to take their place in the lineup barring any setbacks prior to tipoff. While it is good news for the Lakers, neither player has been able to provide consistent production thus far in the series. The Lakers will want all hands on deck as they look to advance to their first NBA Finals in over a decade.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso (sore right wrist) played 20 minutes in Thursday's Game 4 victory, notching three points, two assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Caruso was initially probable to play and never seemed in danger of sitting this one out despite going for an MRI yesterday. His five fouls may have done more to limit him than anything else in the Lakers' win tonight, and you can expect a healthy Caruso to be one of the top reserve options for LA moving forward.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James (groin soreness) and Danny Green (left finger volar plate injury), both listed as probable, are in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 4 against the Nuggets.

    The Lakers have been listing James as probable all postseason and he's never appeared to be in any danger of missing time. The thorough nature of the team's injury reporting is appreciated, if nothing else. We would guess that this means Alex Caruso (probable, sore right wrist) is also good while Dion Waiters (doubtful, groin strain) will remain out.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Alex Caruso has been feeling pain in his right wrist but is considered probable to face the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Caruso is slated to receive an MRI to confirm that the injury isn't serious. However, expect him to play in Game 4 barring something unforeseen. Caruso shot 1-for-7 on Tuesday and missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope saw 31 minutes on Sunday versus the Nuggets, totaling 11 points (3-of-6 FG), two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    When his 3-pointer is falling, KCP makes for a solid complement to any Lakers' lineup thanks to his contributions on the defensive end. He's now had four straight games with double-digit scoring efforts, and the Lakers will continue to rely upon him until his 3-pointer goes missing. Alex Caruso has been another reliable option in this series, and he had a similar result with nine points (3-of-6 FG), two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer over 29 minutes. The Lakers role-players have gotten off to good starts in this matchup.

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dion Waiters (sore left groin) continues to battle an ongoing groin injury and has been listed as doubtful for Game 2 against the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Waiters has failed to have any real impact for the Lakers and his presence on the court is far from noteworthy. With Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso providing adequate guard production off the bench, Waiters is really nothing more than a spectator at this point.

    Source: NBA Injury Report