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Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier 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.”

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers v Washington WizardsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier 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.

Injury Update: Jordan Farmar

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemThe 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.”

Injury Update: Jordan Farmar

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemJordan 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.

Farmar, Henry and Kaman Miss Practice

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemThough 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’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.

Gasol To Play vs. Milwaukee

TS_PauPracticeLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau 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.”

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Miami Heat v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier 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.

Gasol/Kaman Game-Time Decisions Sunday

Injury Update: Steve Nash

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemSteve Nash, who has missed more than a month with nerve root irritation, is expected to be out at least four more weeks, according to Lakers PR.

“Hopefully that’s a really good timeline where I can get healthy and get my back in a position where it can protect itself and survive,” Nash said post practice. “I’m making strides, for sure. The biggest thing is durability. There’s such a fine line. When I do get up to speed where I can do a lot of stuff, to be able to sustain it is the key right now.”

Certain movements, like sprinting, is something the 17-year NBA veteran can’t quite put himself to the test fully just yet.

“That’s still hit or miss,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to do it right now. It could set me way back. I’m just waiting to get a lot of confidence to do that and then do that for a long time and be able to incorporate and integrate myself into some practice sessions and then be able to sustain that.”

Staying patient, according to Nash, has been one of the more difficult tasks throughout this whole process as he tries to work his way back. In spite of all this, he remains optimistic.

“I just want to play,” Nash said. “That’s what gets me through everyday. I want to play, I still love to play, I still feel like I have the skills to do it and I’d like to end my career on a positive note. Just fighting everyday to get that little bit of joy for playing basketball, being one of the guys, running up and down the court and trying to beat somebody.”

Injury Update: Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis GrizzliesLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemKobe Bryant is expected to miss approximately six weeks after undergoing an MRI that revealed a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

“You hate it for Kobe,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s worked so hard getting back, but he’ll be back. We just have to weather the storm till he gets back.”

Bryant, who hyperextended his knee late in the third quarter at Memphis, returned to finish the game in the Lakers 96-92 win. He played six-and-a-half minutes in the fourth, draining a key three-pointer from 28 feet out with 2:39 left. Bryant tied his season high with 21 points, to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

“I knew he got scared because he hyperextended his knee, but he shook it off,” Pau Gasol said. “He continued to play until the very end, which again, shows how tough Kobe is, how much he’s able to play through and what he’s able to play through.”

Bryant made his season debut on Dec. 8 against Toronto, nearly eight months after tearing his Achilles in April of last season. In six games, Bryant averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds. On Monday at Atlanta, he surpassed Elvin Hayes (54,160) and John Stockton (54,162) for fifth all-time in regular season and playoff minutes combined in NBA history.

With Steve Blake (elbow), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) still out, the Lakers have just three healthy guards on their roster: Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young.

“It’s been rough, it’s been rough,” Gasol said. “I was hoping this season (we were) going to be healthier than (we were) was last season, but it’s been one (injury) after another. But it’s not an excuse for us not to go out there and do our best and continue to compete and try to get wins.”

Henry, who had been handling backup point guard duties, moves into the starting lineup alongside Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Gasol.