Avery Bradley sprains ankle against Pistons, misses second half

first_imgLOS ANGELES — No Laker has had worse luck in transition than Avery Bradley this season.After missing 13 games earlier this season with a hairline fracture while defending a fast break opportunity, Bradley sprained his right ankle on Sunday night against the Pistons while trying to score a fast break basket.Bradley had the dribble, looked over his right shoulder behind him, then planted awkwardly under the hoop and tripped up over his feet. He had to be helped off court in the second quarter and guided to the locker room by Troy Daniels and a team staffer.The Lakers later said that Bradley (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg) had sprained the ankle, and an X-ray of the area had indicated no fractures. Bradley did not return to the game, being replaced by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCaldwell-Pope has already started 19 games this season for the Lakers should Bradley miss more games. As a starter, KCP has averaged 11.1 points and 2.6 assists per game while shooting more than 43 percent from 3-point range.Mykhailiuk finds footing with PistonsIn the grand scheme of things, Svi Mykhailiuk’s Lakers career is a footnote.That works two ways. The second-rounder from Kansas didn’t play all that that much for the Lakers, just 39 games in which he averaged 3.3 points per game. But for him, the Lakers are increasingly in the rear view, too: By the end of the month, the Ukrainian-born sharpshooter is on track to have played more games in a Pistons uniform than he did in a Lakers one.“It’s been great so far. Love it here,” he said. “Great team, great coaching staff.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers He was the price of a now mostly inconsequential trade last February: The Lakers dealt him to Detroit for Reggie Bullock, who they hoped would boost their shooting and wing defense to make a playoff run. The postseason never happened, and Bullock split after the disappointing finish, signing with the Knicks in free agency.Mykhailiuk is the enduring legacy of the move, and he’s playing a bigger role for Detroit this year after mostly missing action. While he didn’t start on Sunday night, he’s started in seven of the previous eight games, averaging 11.1 points in that stretch while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range.The hope that Mykhailiuk once drummed up in shooting exhibitions after Lakers practice is starting to be realized — only not with the Lakers. Dwane Casey, who is known to be a coach who is stingy with minutes for younger players, has gradually come to trust him on the court.“He makes a lot of mistakes, but he’s playing hard,” Casey said. “He’s one of our better shooters. He’s learning how to make plays. He’s playing better defensively so he’s growing up. Really like the way when he makes a mistake, he bounces back. He doesn’t cry over spilt milk.”That’s how Mykhailiuk thinks about the trade, too: He doesn’t fret about it. He still keeps in touch with Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Miles Simon, but many of his friends from the Lakers have been traded away as well.In a way, Detroit is the place where his career has really started — a fresh franchise that has allowed him to get his feet under him. That rhythm was something he never had as a Laker.“Just being confident,” he said. “It allows me to play the game and come in perform the best I can.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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