Jamison To Play Through Injury

130324_jamisonLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemAntawn Jamison, who suffered a sprained wrist in the second half of the Lakers loss against Washington, went through a non-contact practice on Sunday in advance of Monday’s road game at Golden State.

“Antawn did a half practice,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He didn’t have contact only because he didn’t want to aggravate it.”

Jamison acknowledged he hurt the wrist earlier in the season, but it was nothing serious where it forced him to miss any court time.

“I had some soreness in it about a couple weeks ago when I tried to break my fall and I felt a little tightness, but nothing to the point where it prevented me from lifting weights or participating in practice,” he said.

He maintained it is still “sore,” but stated he should be fine going forward, so long as the pain is bearable.

“As long as I’m able to shoot it and put it on the ground for one or two dribbles, I should be fine,” he said. “Just the initial shock taking place and trying to get over the soreness and swelling, but nothing is slowing me down.”

The 15-year veteran later explained how the injury occurred.

“I think it was (Kevin) Seraphin was going up for a shot and I blocked it,” Jamison explained. “It just put my wrist backwards. I kind of had that numbness sensation for a little bit. I tried to play through it, but couldn’t really get any kind of feeling in that wrist area.”

Jamison played just seven third-quarter minutes, while sitting the entire fourth. He missed all three of his field-goal attempts after a 5 for 6 showing towards 11 points in the first half. The North Carolina product maintains his wrist is improving each day, though.

“Each day it’s feeling a lot better,” he said. “I’m able to get the range of motion to go a little bit more and I’ve played through pain before. Initially, these first few road games, I might have to play through a little pain, but after that, I should be back to normal.”

Since the All-Star break, D’Antoni has rotated Jamison, along with Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks off the bench, and all three have played key roles in the Lakers turnaround. In nearly 24 minutes per game post All-Star break, Jamison is averaging 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds on 50.0 percent field goals and 43.6 percent on 3-pointers.

As for his status at Golden State, Jamison said he should be ready.

“Another day of treatment and rest and I should be good to go tomorrow,” he said.