KEY POINTS

  • LeBron James might miss the game against the Bucks due to injury
  • Anthony Davis joins James on the injury list
  • The Lakers are looking to bounce back after bowing to the Warriors earlier this week

The Los Angeles Lakers could be missing two key players when they take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday.

Team captain LeBron James and his reliable right-hand man Anthony Davis have been put on the injury list ahead of the franchise’s 16th outing of the season.

James has reportedly been listed as questionable for the contest against the Bucks due to a left ankle sprain, according to Lakers Nation’s Matthew Moreno. Davis, on the other hand, is said to be dealing with soreness in his right foot.

The Lakers are favored by pundits and fans alike to clinch the Larry O’Brien trophy for the second-straight year and currently sit atop the Western Conference table with an impressive 11-4 record.

However, the Frank Vogel-mentored brigade recently sustained a 115-113 upset loss at the hands of the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors.

Like the Lakers, the Bucks are coming off a heartbreaking defeat to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, falling short to the cast starred by Kevin Durant and James Harden, 125-123.

Both squads are gnawing to place themselves back on the winning track. The Lakers haven't tasted back-to-back setbacks this season yet, and for Davis, this is what they are trying to avoid versus the Bucks.

“We know we’re a good team,” Davis said, as quoted on Silver Screen and Roll. “We know that teams are going to come out and play their best against us. But the way we lost, we don’t like. Obviously, we have to look back at the film and see where we can be better, but we’ve always bounced back. We don’t like losing two in a row, so our next game, we’re going put a lot of pressure on ourselves to win that game.”

“Nobody in that locker room likes to lose," he continued. "It’s a tough one. It’s one that we for sure should have won, so this one hurts a little more, but we’ll watch the film when we get back together and try to figure out how to get better and get ready for Milwaukee.”

 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | Douglas P. DeFelice