Jarred Vanderbilt will miss at least the next two weeks for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers managed to secure their first win of the season on Thursday, but it was far from easy. In their game against the Phoenix Suns, they had to overcome a stellar 39-point performance from Kevin Durant and a daunting 12-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.

However, in the fourth quarter, the Lakers managed to shut down Durant with outstanding defense from Anthony Davis and an unexpected hero, Christian Wood. Interestingly, one key defender was missing from the equation: Jarred Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt, who became a defensive ace for the Lakers towards the end of last season, has been sidelined since the preseason due to a left heel ailment. He underwent re-evaluation on Thursday, and unfortunately, it was determined that he will need to sit out for at least another two weeks.

According to Dave McMenamin, the Lakers did mention that Vanderbilt’s condition is improving.

Vanderbilt may not always contribute offensively, but his defensive skills, versatility, and high energy were crucial for the Lakers’ run to the Western Conference Finals in the spring of 2023.

For now, newcomer Taurean Prince, who had a remarkable performance in the Lakers’ season opener against the Denver Nuggets but went scoreless in this game, is starting at small forward.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire


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