Westbrook exits loss early with hamstring injury


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Lakers guard Russell Westbrook will be reevaluated Saturday after exiting Los Angeles’ 133-86 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night with a left hamstring injury.

Westbrook exited the court in the first quarter, but it was unclear how he suffered the injury.

Coach Darvin Ham said after the game that Westbrook told him he thought he’d be OK.

Westbrook was coming off the bench in the Lakers’ preseason finale, a move Ham said before the game was “not a demotion” but “a realignment.” Westbrook was scoreless in five minutes before leaving with the injury.

The Lakers were also without Anthony Davis for the preseason finale. Davis did not make the trip to Sacramento, with Los Angeles holding him out for precautionary reasons as he continues to manage lower back tightness, according to the team.

Davis is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the regular-season opener against the Golden State Warriors.

Point guard Dennis Schroder also did not play against the Kings because of a thumb injury that will sideline him for the start of the season, sources told ESPN.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin contributed to this story.

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