Injury Update: Odom, Walton & Caracter

UCLA Health SystemA few injury notes from L.A.’s final preseason game:

Lamar Odom: We learned before the game that Odom wouldn’t participate due to a strained left thumb, a swollen nose from an elbow in Thursday evening’s win over the Warriors and a stiff back. Odom, however, said that he was “fine,” and would play in the team’s season opener on Tuesday against Houston.

Luke Walton: Walton re-aggravated a right hamstring strain early in the second quarter and headed back to the locker room. He wouldn’t return to the action, and was set to be re-evaluated over the weekend. Walton had missed the team’s first five preseason games before getting his first minutes in Thursday night’s win over Golden State in his home town of San Diego.

Derrick Caracter: After missing three games with back spasms, the second-round pick returned to action on Friday, scoring an early hoop with a rebound in five second quarter minutes.