Walton Feels “Great,” Ready to Face Mavs

Luke’s back.

As in, he has returned from his back injury … not just that he’s back … you get it.

“I feel good,” said Walton, who returned for a six minute fourth quarter stint against San Antonio, his first action in 27 games. “I came in here and got treatment this morning, and I feel great right now. I’m excited … I told Phil I’d love to play more tonight.”

Walton explained prior to Wednesday’s game in Dallas that once his name gets called, he’ll forget all abou this back. It may be stiff in the morning, but, to be fair, it’s stiff every morning.

His primary focus in terms of basketball is to help improve L.A.’s ball movement, particularly with a second unit that managed not a single assist against the Spurs.

“It’s been missing in our offense for a while, just that fluid ball movement that the triangle is made for – the passing it to the open man, making the extra pass type of play,” said Walton. “I’m definitely going to try and do that as much as I can as opposed to go out there and try to score. Just get the ball moving and hope you get that flow back that makes us such a dangerous team.”

Phil Jackson thinks that will be the case.

“(Luke) just has a knack of playing, he knows how to play the game and fit in the system pretty well,” said Jackson. “He’ll help it out. We’ll see if he can play a few minutes tonight to give us some support.”