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Lakers Shorthanded in Utah

For the second consecutive game, the Lakers will be without the services of all three of their preseason free agent acquisitions for Wednesday’s contest in Utah: Troy Murphy (gastroenteritis); Josh McRoberts (sprained left big toe); and Jason Kapono (personal).

That McRoberts will miss a sixth straight game was expected (he’s officially listed as “doubtful”), though he did travel with the team to continue to rehabilitate his toe. Murphy was hoping to join the team in Salt Lake City but remains sick, while Kapono will stay in Los Angeles with his wife and their brand new twin girls, born on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Helping to fill the collective void in Tuesday’s win over Phoenix was Luke Walton, who played mostly power forward while amassing six points, eight rebounds (five offensive), three assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Steve Blake, meanwhile, had eight assists off L.A.’s bench, the most he’s had since joining the Lakers prior to last season (previous: seven @ N.Y. on 2/11/11).

Metta World Peace could also see some action at the power forward slot, where he pitched in against Phoenix, grabbing some of his seven rebounds.

Kapono, Wife Expecting Twin Girls

The Lakers extended family is about to get a bit bigger.

Forward Jason Kapono and his wife Ashley, whom he met at UCLA, are expecting twin baby girls on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Kapono said the girls would be named Isla and Campbell, and that he could not be more excited to be a new dad. Kapono’s family is from the Lakewood area, about 25 miles south and east of the Lakers practice facility, while his wife has brothers that live in Los Angeles as well, providing a strong family support crew for the twins.

With the encouraging approval of coach/father Mike Brown, Kapono will miss L.A.’s Tuesday evening game against Phoenix to be with his family, and remains uncertain about whether or not he’ll be able to join the team for the Wednesday back-to-back in Utah.