However, the Lakers expect to get a few guys back heading into Friday evening’s tilt against Cleveland. Here is who’s playing that did not against Phoenix or at Utah:
EXPECTED TO PLAY
- Josh McRoberts, who has missed six consecutive games battling a very sore sprained left big toe, is expected to return against Cleveland. L.A.’s coaches are excited to have McRoberts (technically a game-time decision, though Mike Brown said he expects him to play) back, as he was in particular a key to the team’s strong weak side defense to open the season.
- Troy Murphy: the backup power forward is feeling better after suffering from gastroenteritis, which kept him out of Tuesday’s game against the Suns and home in Los Angeles when the team went to Salt Lake City. Murphy said after shootaround that he’s feeling “fine” and is ready to play the Cavs.
- Jason Kapono, who is fully healthy, but missed the last two due to the birth of his twin girls, Isla and Campbell, with the full blessing of his coach and teammates.
Kobe Bryant (torn lunotriquetral ligament, right wrist) and Pau Gasol (sprained right shoulder) continue to be listed on the injury report, but both will play as they have in each previous game.
On the other hand, backup point guard Steve Blake will not play against Cleveland, and is expected to be out against the Clippers on Saturday as well. Blake suffered a costochaondral fracture (fracture of the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum) against Phoenix, and aggravated the injury in Wednesday’s third quarter at Utah. He’s listed as “day-to-day,” and did not do anything physical at Friday morning shootaround.