APR 6,2023

Mo Bamba upgraded to doubtful with left ankle sprain, return likely to come this week


Lakers center Mo Bamba suffered a left ankle sprain in Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Bamba’s X-rays and MRI came back negative, but he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The team will be cautious with Bamba, who has been a key contributor since joining the Lakers via trade in December.

The 23-year-old big man has averaged 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 43 games this season.

Bamba’s injury adds to the Lakers’ long list of players currently dealing with injuries or illnesses.

The Lakers have lost six of their last seven games and are in danger of falling out of playoff contention.

Bamba’s absence will put more pressure on the team’s remaining big men, including Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.

The Lakers have relied heavily on their defense this season, and Bamba’s shot-blocking ability will be missed.

The team hopes that Bamba will be able to return before the end of the regular season, but his health is the top priority.

Bamba’s injury is a setback for the Lakers, but the team will need to rally together and push forward without him.