Mbenga Active, But Not Walton

In his pregame media session, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said that he’ll activate three centers (in other words, D.J. Mbenga) but that Luke Walton isn’t quite ready to play on his injured ankle.

As such, Walton will join Sun Yue on the inactive list, meaning the Lakers will have the benefit of Mbenga’s staunch low post defense (and fouls) to throw at Houston’s Yao Ming if necessary.

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