Johnson was injured on Sunday, in the Lakers' 88-87 win over the
The 29-year-old All-Star has great range extending all the way to the three-point line. He can score in the mid-range and at the basket.
The Lakers will counter with
Davis is a solid, mobile defender with a knack for blocking shots (1.2) a night.
The Lakers will likely try a number of defenders on Aldridge, including
Lillard can be difficult to guard off the dribble. He can also pull up and shoot from mid-range as well as make three-point shots at a 38.9% clip.
The Lakers will need strong nights from
Young's scoring without Bryant becomes more important, but the Lakers need a defender to step up in the absence of Johnson. If not Young, or Kelly playing out of position, perhaps Ellington gets time at small forward, despite standing at 6-foot-4.
Portland is one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Lakers would be hard-pressed to get a win at full strength, let alone without two starters.