Jordan Hill Cleared to Play

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemIt’s been rare that the Lakers have gotten good news on the injury front this season, but that’s what we have in advance of Wednesday’s Game 2: reserve big man Jordan Hill has been cleared to play.

Hill, who had surgery on his left hip on Jan. 23 that included removal of loose fragments, repair of a torn labrum and a microfracture procedure to repair damaged cartilage, was expected to be out for the season.

Instead, he has steadily progressed, participating in contact drills throughout the week with no setbacks. As such, the training staff cleared him for game action.

Whether or not he plays in Game 2 will be a coaching decision, but look for him to certainly see the court soon. Hill will most likely be used as a backup center/power forward, allowing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol additional rest, while competing for minutes with Earl Clark.

Hill averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Lakers in 29 games.