Injury Update: Earl Clark

Lakers reserve forward Earl Clark strained his left groin and is out indefinitely.

Clark, acquired in the Dwight Howard trade with Orlando, has played solid defense in training camp but is not expected to be in the regular bench rotation. In the regular season, the Lakers will most likely have Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol play center for the second unit, with Jordan Hill and Antawn Jamison getting the power forward minutes.

Hill (herniated disc) has been out for a week and is expected to be reevaluated in the coming week.

Howard continues to progress from his own back injury. No date has been determined for his return, but he hopes to play in some preseason contests.