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The Los Angeles Lakers are returning from the All-Star Break hoping to build on their previous momentum. However, the Lakers will be taxed, as they were throughout the first half, as numerous members of the rotation are out due to injuries.

Christian Wood Injury Update | NBA.com

In addition to the ailments that the Lakers were already dealing with, the purple and gold must begin the second half on Thursday without LeBron James. James has a chronic ankle injury. LeBron is not alone, as Christian Wood has also been listed as injured and will be out for at least two weeks due to a left knee effusion.

When it rains, it pours, and the Lakers have learned that lesson well this season. With LeBron, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Cam Reddish sidelined, the Lakers’ frontcourt will be put to the test. As intimidating as it may appear, it could end up being a blessing in disguise.

Christian Wood injury should give Colin Castleton a chance on the Lakers

The Lakers don’t have many options other than to play two-way center against the Golden State Warriors. Granted, if there was ever a time to go small, it would be against Golden State, but that should not negate the fact that Castleton should play.

Castleton has passed every test for the Lakers thus far. After impressing in the NBA Summer League and during the preseason, the rookie center has had a very promising season for the South Bay Lakers. Castleton may not be someone the Lakers want to play in a playoff series, but he may help the team stay afloat as a depth player.

Castleton isn’t even necessary in Los Angeles. The club still relies on Jaxson Hayes and Anthony Davis to play the majority of the large minutes. But with LeBron out and a slew of other injuries, it wouldn’t hurt to give Castleton 12-15 minutes and see what he’s got.

And this is when the diamond in the rough factor may come into play. No club in the league is better at discovering hidden treasures than the Lakers. However, unless they are given the opportunity to play in the NBA, these hidden treasures will remain unknown.

This is not to say that Castleton will be the next Austin Reaves, but he has earned a legitimate shot at NBA playing time. And, given how effectively he has performed in the G League, it is not unreasonable to believe that Castleton can prove himself as a vital rotation player while Wood is sidelined.

 

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