Ratliff Practices, Barnes Shoots on Sunday

UCLA Health SystemThe Lakers are getting a bit healthier at the onset of a week containing only two games, as Theo Ratliff and Matt Barnes made respective progress with their injured knees on Sunday.

Ratliff, who hasn’t played since early November due to arthroscopic knee surgery, participated fully in practice.

Barnes, who also had minor knee surgery, had a chance to shoot the ball for the first time since going under the knife, though he’s still a few weeks away from playing.

Phil Jackson, meanwhile, said he’s pleased to have only Tuesday’s contest vs. Utah and Friday’s against Sacramento on the weekly docket as it allows the coaching staff to hammer home some different elements in practice.