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Status of Lakers' stars uncertain for matchup with Thunder

Wed, Oct 27 2021 11:53 PST

When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook over the offseason, the aim was to push them further than last season's first-round playoff exit.

If Westbrook can keep putting together performances like the one he provided Tuesday in a 125-121 overtime win over the host San Antonio Spurs, the plan might prove wildly successful.

The victory was all the more impressive because it came with LeBron James sitting on the bench in street clothes. The star was scratched pregame due to right ankle soreness, and he is considered questionable for the Lakers' Wednesday road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since James joined Los Angeles in 2018, he has missed more than 25 percent of the Lakers' regular-season games.

Last season, Los Angeles was just 12-15 without James.

The Lakers hope they don't have to play without James much this season, but their first chance without him went well against the Spurs. Anthony Davis scored 35 points and grabbed 17 re...

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