Bad news regarding Christian Wood’s injury status

As the Los Angeles Lakers fight to, at the very least, hold on to the final play-in tournament spot in the Western Conference, they’re having to go to war while somewhat short-handed.

Guard Gabe Vincent and forward Jarred Vanderbilt, arguably their two best perimeter defenders, have been out for several weeks due to a knee ailment and foot sprain, respectively. While both have made progress and are doing some cautious, conservative work, neither seems particularly close to returning.

It’s also easy to forget that backup big man Christian Wood is also out of action due to a knee ailment of his own. He hasn’t played since Feb. 14, and he will reportedly have a procedure that will keep him out for several more weeks.

Given the team’s situation, it could very well mean his season is over.


“Lakers forward Christian Wood will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks, sources told ESPN on Monday,” wrote Dave McMenamin.

While Wood, who established himself as a very capable scorer in prior seasons, has been a disappointment with L.A., he has shown an ability to help the team with his rebounding.

Without him, its big man depth has been seriously depleted. Its only backup center right now is Jaxson Hayes, who is an energy player but is lacking on the defensive end and doesn’t have any real offensive skills.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire

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