Lakers vs. Hornets Pre-Game

Injury Update: Before tonight’s pivotal game against the Hornets, Coach Jackson said that Trevor Ariza will be re-examined in 2 weeks to check on the progress of his broken foot, after receiving word today that the fracture has yet to fully heal. With regards to injured center Andrew Bynum, Jackson said that he was justifiably disappointed after learning this weekend that he has not been cleared to play yet.

Jackson also discussed Chris Mihm’s ongoing return from injury, revealing that, “Right now, D.J. (Mbenga) is probably a little more active, a little more in condition in game shape than Chris is right now. But we’re still bringing Chris along in hopes that he’ll be there to help shore up our front court.”

Jackson compared this season’s final push to 15 years ago when his Chicago Bulls faced off against the New York Knicks in the final game of the season with the conference record yet to be decided and Scottie Pippen in the thick of the Most Valuable Player debate.

When asked about the team’s game plan tonight against point guard Chris Paul, Jackson said, “The thought process is to stop his penetration. What happens after that, try and close down on the shooters, yes. Try and limit the amount of lobs and dunks, of course. If that means he has got to take shots, that’ll be part of it, but not to let him score or really let him do anything hopefully.”