Xavier Henry, who has been sidelined since Dec. 29, is expected to be out another 10-14 days, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.
Henry recently went through some on-court work on Wednesday in Miami, doing some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice.
“I’m feeling better,” Henry told Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell after his workout. “I’m not where I want to be but nobody is expecting me right now, so I’m out here, I’m doing drills, being able to move around, run, jump, cut and things like that. I just want to get to pain free and then we’ll go from there.”
Although Henry acknowledged he’s feeling better, there is no hard return date in mind.
“I really just have to go day-by-day,” he explained. “Tomorrow I’ll see if it’s sore or how sore, and then we’ll either ramp it up or we’ll continue what we’re on. But we need to be on a path to at least be steady to get me back.”
Xavier Henry, who has been sidelined two-plus weeks with a knee injury, will be out at least another seven days, according to Lakers team spokesman John Black.
Henry originally hurt his knee in the first quarter against Philly on Dec. 29. He was later diagnosed with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus.
The Kansas product recently went through his first extensive on-court workout on Sunday. Henry, however, experienced soreness in the area and was ruled out of Tuesday’s game vs. Cleveland. He will continue to do non-weight bearing exercises, but will not ramp up his workouts.
The Lakers embark on their annual Grammy road trip after the Cavs game, which covers seven games in 12 days. Henry will miss at Phoenix, at Boston, at Toronto and at Chicago. He will then be re-evaluated, at which point another prognosis will be assessed.
Xavier Henry has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game vs. Cleveland, according to Lakers team spokesman John Black.
On Sunday, Henry went through extensive on-court work for the first time since injuring his knee vs. Philly on Dec. 29, but experienced some soreness on Monday. He will continue to do non-weight bearing exercises, but will not ramp up his workouts. Prior to Sunday, Henry had been limited to what he could do with the training staff.
“I’ve been doing the pool, been doing all my treatments, been doing weights,” Henry said post practice on Sunday. “Today I wanted to see if I could jog up and down. We started with some jogs, some cuts, some defensive slides and regular-game stuff to see how I progressed. And we did a few different jumping things, and then after practice, I just wanted to get shots up and get myself into condition cause I never know when I’ll be able to play. I’m happy with what I got to do today because I haven’t gotten to do much.”
Henry was expected to see the doctor on Thursday, Jan. 9, which would have been 11 days since suffering what was diagnosed as a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus.
“I’d be lying if I said I’m 100 percent, but I’m (getting) there,” Henry said. “That’s all I’m trying to do – to get back as fast as possible. There’s still some issues that will only get better with time. I think I’m close to being back, and I’m not sure how long, but I’m feeling better.”
Xavier Henry, who has been out of action for eight days with a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus, will be re-evaluated on Monday, Jan. 13 or Tuesday, Jan. 14th.
Henry suffered the injury late in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game on Sunday, Dec. 29. He told reporters before Sunday’s game against Denver he would be re-evaluated on Thursday, which would mark 11 days since the injury occurred.
Because of a plethora of injuries to all of the Lakers primary ballhandlers and playmakers, the Kansas product had been filling in at point guard, both in a starting role and off the bench. Henry is averaging 10.1 points in 21.8 minutes per game.
The Lakers learned on Wednesday they would be without Jordan Farmar for a minimum of four weeks, after an ultrasound revealed a tear in his left hamstring.
Farmar, who played just 20 minutes against Milwaukee before exiting with 6:33 left in the third quarter, re-injured the hamstring after missing three-and-a-half weeks previously.
“It felt a little tight and chalked it up to being scar tissue,” he said. “That’s some of the symptoms that would have been normal recovering from a previous hamstring injury. Going through the game against Milwaukee, I just couldn’t do it. Told (Lakers trainer Gary Vitti) I’d rather get it looked at it, so I know if it was scar tissue, it’s just something I had to push through. If it’s not, then we’ll know how to deal with it. Unfortunately it was something new.”
Farmar originally hurt the hamstring in the first quarter against Portland on Dec. 1 and subsequently missed three-and-half weeks. He recently returned against Miami on Christmas Day, but played in just four games thereafter before re-injuring it.
As such, Kendall Marshall will make his first career start as a Laker on Friday against Utah.
The North Carolina product played 28 minutes against Milwaukee, including the entire fourth quarter, and totaled 10 points and seven assists.
“Stuff has happened pretty fast,” Marshall said post practice. “It’s unfortunate with some of the injuries we’re having. But it’s up to us collectively as a team to figure it out. Obviously a lot of people are going to get a lot more minutes. We have to fight through it until guys can get back.”
Jordan Farmar exited the Lakers-Bucks game with 6:33 in the third quarter because of hamstring tightness. He did not return, and is scheduled to undergo an ultrasound on Wednesday.
Farmar originally suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring on Dec. 1 in the first quarter against Portland, and missed three-plus weeks. He returned against Miami on Christmas Day, but missed Monday’s practice because of tightness in the same area.
Though the Lakers got Pau Gasol back on the practice floor, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman were all non-participants on Monday.
Farmar told Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell he experienced some “tightness” in his hamstring against Philly on Sunday evening. Despite this, he plans to play against Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Xavier Henry, who injured his right knee late in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game, underwent an MRI on Monday morning that showed a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.
Kaman, who played just 10 minutes against Philly after tweaking his ankle at Utah, got treatment during practice and could play tomorrow, but will likely be limited, according to D’Antoni.
Pau Gasol, who has missed three of the last five games while battling an upper respiratory illness, practiced fully Monday and will play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think he’s over it totally, but he’s good enough to play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’ll be ready tomorrow.”
Gasol did not practice last Thursday before the team flew to Utah, instead visiting a doctor who diagnosed him with a bad case of sinusitis and bronchitis. The 7-foot Spaniard said he is still feeling some effects – and will for weeks – but plans to fight through his ailment.
“I just have to play through it,” Gasol said. “We are very short-handed out there and we need everything we can get out there, and I’ll do my best.”
Earlier in the season, Gasol acknowledged playing through a similar illness. Despite this, he was the lone player to appear in the starting lineup through the first 26 games, with injuries decimating nearly half the roster. In his last game against Miami on Christmas Day, Gasol said he felt “exhausted” at the end.
“This time it got worse and the doctor said I never really got over it,” Gasol said. “It just got better for a month. In the long run, we’ll see how this progresses. But for now, I’m just going to have to deal with it on a daily basis.”
Xavier Henry suffered a strained right knee late in the first quarter during the Lakers-Sixers game and will not return.
He exited the game at the 1:14 mark and immediately went to the locker room. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday morning.
With the Lakers already missing Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Steve Blake (torn ulnar collateral ligament), Kobe Bryant (fracture of the lateral tibial plateau) and Jordan Farmar (until two games ago), Henry had assumed starting point guard duties. The Kansas product went back to playing the one with the second unit once Farmar returned against Miami on Christmas Day.