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Lakers G Alex Caruso left Monday’s contest against the Nuggets in the fourth quarter and went to the locker room with an apparent injury.
Caruso took a shot to the chest while setting a screen on Bol Bol and may have re-aggravated a neck injury that sidelined him earlier this season. No update has been provided since he exited the game.
Alex Caruso scored five points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3PT) adding five assists, three steals and one rebound in Saturday night’s 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Caruso got the spot start, filling in for Danny Green (hip), but failed to make a lasting impression scoring just five points. Caruso, who has been battling a few injuries of his own, managed to play 27 minutes against the Pacers so you have to wonder if that played a factor in the stat line. The Lakers will face the Nuggets on Monday, where Caruso is expected to slide back to the bench.
Lakers guard Alex Caruso has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Rockets due to neck spasms.
Caruso will join LeBron James on the sideline for Thursday's tilt against Houston with Quinn Cook and Kyle Kuzma entering the starting lineup as a result. His injury doesn't appear to be serious but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) still recovering from surgery, the Lakers don't want to take any chances with their backup point guard heading into the playoffs. Aside from Cook and Kuzma seeing increased roles, Dion Waiters is also a candidate for some extended minutes and is crazy cheap on DFS, coming in at $3,800 on FanDuel.
Alex Caruso continued to play well off the bench for the Lakers against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. During the Lakers' loss to Toronto, Caruso played 24 minutes scoring 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting. Caruso also added three assists, three steals, and one block.
Caruso has now played a significant role for the Lakers in both of their games during the NBA restart. It appears as if the coaching staff trusts Caruso to play tough defense and smart offensively with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Caruso isn't filling up the stat sheet, but is providing a safe floor for fantasy. Caruso should only be considered in deep fantasy leagues, but could also be used as a value play in daily fantasy.
Alex Caruso played 28 minutes, which included the 4th quarter and the final two minutes of the game. Caruso scored seven points, adding four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Caruso did not make a huge fantasy impact for the Lakers, but his playing time and specific use in the 4th quarter is promising. Caruso has earned the trust from head coach Frank Vogel and his teammates to make smart decisions in high pressure moments during the game. While Rajon Rondo is out with a thumb injury, Caruso should continue to see a significant amount of playing time and hopefully he can improve his shooting to provide more fantasy value.