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Gasol Probable to Play vs. Portland

ts_140331paugasol670After missing the last four games because of vertigo, Pau Gasol practiced in full on Monday and is being called probable for Tuesday’s game against Portland.

“We’ll see,” Gasol said of his prospects playing vs. Portland. “We’ll see how my body reacts when I get up tomorrow after the exercise today. I’d love to.”

In his last game action vs. Orlando last Sunday, Gasol played 19 minutes, but did not come out for the second half after experiencing dizziness and nausea.

“It was frustrating,” Gasol said. “You don’t really know why it happened, you can only guess after all the tests are done. So, I just had to let it calm down and get back to a normal life and get through a workout and practice like I did today. It wasn’t any contact, but I got through it pretty good. I’m not any worse than when I started, so that’s a good thing.”

Gasol had been sidelined 10 games earlier this year due to a strained groin and an upper respiratory infection. The doctors could not determine, however, if his condition is in any way related to the illness that affected him during the first half of the season. The Spaniard recalled post practice how he’s felt over the last week while trying to recover.

“Just really light-headed, dizzy and drowsy state for five or six days at home without really moving much,” Gasol said. “Just laying and letting my system readjust. It was scary. It was a scary moment for me and my family and the ones that love me.”

In his place, Chris Kaman was inserted into the starting lineup after not playing the previous 10 games. Kaman is coming off a 28-point, 17-rebound, six-assist outing vs. Phoenix.

Although Gasol might return to the court, the Lakers will likely be without Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar. Henry (wrist and knee), who has missed the last two games, is being called “doubtful.” Henry suffered a torn ligament in his wrist against Washington on Mar. 21 and missed the following game vs. Orlando, but suited up vs. New York and at Milwaukee. Henry also missed nearly two months earlier this season with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Farmar, who was diagnosed with a moderate groin strain on Mar. 18, has been sidelined the last seven games. According to team spokesman John Black, Farmar will see a doctor either later today or Tuesday, at which point an update will be given on his status. He is being called “doubtful” vs. Portland.

Injury Update: Gasol, Henry and Nash

ts_140324xavierhenry670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who did not play the second half vs. Orlando because of dizziness and nausea, is being considered doubtful for Tuesday’s game vs. New York.

Should Gasol not be able to play tomorrow, coach Mike D’Antoni said Chris Kaman would start in his place.

Henry Expected to Play Through Pain


Another Laker who is battling an injury of his own is Xavier Henry, who injured his left wrist on a fall during the third quarter vs. Washington. Henry maintains he will play through the pain, however.

“I was going to play anyway,” Henry said. “The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

The Kansas product said he feels discomfort, regardless of whether he’s on the court or not, but believes there is no reason to sit out as long as he can tolerate it.

“(I feel pain) all day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I have the ball or if I don’t. It hurts. If I can play with it, I’m going to play.”

Nash’s Return Questionable
Steve Nash, who returned vs. Washington after being sidelined the previous 15 games, also did not suit up on Sunday.

He has played in 11 games overall this year, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.

“We’ll check and see tomorrow, but probably doubtful at this time just to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “He worked out on his own (today). He said he’s feeling better, but doesn’t know. He’ll push a little bit tomorrow morning and then we’ll make a decision.”

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry, who injured his left wrist in Friday’s game vs. Washington, underwent an MRI and the results showed a torn ligament. He will be examined by a hand specialist on Monday and an estimated timetable for his return will be given at that time.

Earlier at Saturday’s practice, coach Mike D’Antoni believed Henry to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game vs. Orlando, pending the MRI results.

Henry played 23 minutes on Friday and recorded 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was coming off one of his best games of the season vs. San Antonio when he poured in a team-high 24 points.

The Kansas product had previously missed almost two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus before returning at Portland on Mar. 3.

Henry Expected to Play at Portland

blog_140302_henryAfter playing in two rehab assignment games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Xavier Henry fully participated in practice on Sunday with the Lakers and is expected return at Portland.

“He practiced and looked good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s got a couple pounds he needs to get rid of because he hasn’t done any activity in six weeks, but he’ll play some minutes.”

Henry has been sidelined the team’s last 28 games with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He originally suffered the injury vs. Philly on Dec. 29.

The Kansas product recorded 15 points, three rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes with the D-Fenders in Thursday’s 121-103 loss to the Texas Legends. He followed that game up with 19 points and three steals in 26 minutes in Saturday’s 137-126 overtime loss.

“I just wanted to get out there and play really,” Henry said. “I wanted to make it through a game without my knee swelling up, without it getting really stiff, stuff like that. It responded well for both games and the practice, so right now I feel pretty good.”

Prior to his rehab assignment, Henry had his knee drained of fluid and received a cortisone shot on Feb. 12. He had a number of setbacks in his attempt to return earlier, in part due to swelling in the knee.

“When you get a lot of swelling, it forces other things to happen in whatever joint it is,” Henry said. “And they didn’t want anything else to get hurt while my knee was swollen up, so we’d have to hold off, let the swelling get out and try it again.”

Now he maintains his knee feels much better and it’s just a matter of working his way back into game shape.

“I’m pain free, I feel good,” Henry said post practice. “Now it’s all about my wind, my body, trying to eat right, trying to get back in shape. That’s just what comes with two months of not playing basketball.”

Henry Scores 15 Points in D-Fenders Debut

ts_140227xavier_ds670Xavier Henry, who was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Thursday, recorded 15 points, three rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes. The D-Fenders, however, lost to the Texas Legends 121-103.

Henry had been sidelined nearly two months because of a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game on Dec. 29 at STAPLES Center four minutes into the contest.

The Kansas product had his knee drained of fluid and received a cortisone shot on Feb. 12. He was evaluated during the Lakers-Celtics game on Feb. 21 and was cleared to practice, just not 5-on-5 contact. He had been working out with the team and with the training staff, but this was his first game action since first injuring the knee.

The Lakers host the Sacramento Kings on Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT, while the D-Fenders face the Texas Legends again on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT.

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

140212xavierhenry500Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry will have his right knee drained of fluid today and receive a cortisone shot. He is expected to be out approximately four weeks.

Henry originally injured the knee on Dec. 29 vs. Philly. He has been sidelined for the team’s last 21 games, although he has been working out on his own and with some of the Lakers training staff.

Steve Blake, who hyperextended his elbow vs. Utah, expects to play on Thursday vs. Oklahoma City. Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), who did not play in the second half of Tuesday’s game, plans to sit out.

Injury Update: Bryant, Nash, Blake, Farmar, Henry and Meeks

ts_140127steveblake670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemUpon returning from their seven-game, 12-day road trip, the Lakers received plenty of news on the injury front after practice on Monday.

According to team spokesman, John Black, everything “went well” for Steve Nash in Vancouver while working with his trainer/physical therapist during the team’s 12-day road trip. Nash was expected to go through practice on Monday, but unrelatedly “tweaked his back,” and thus, did not participate.

“The plan for him is to have a practice on Thursday and he’s basically day-to-day,” Black said. “We’ll update you on whether he’ll play Friday based on how Thursday’s practice goes.”

Nash has been sidelined since Nov. 12 with nerve root irritation. Coach Mike D’Antoni remains hopeful the two-time MVP can return to the court again this season.

“I hope so,” D’Antoni said. “I hope for him. If anybody can do it, he can.”
Both Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) have not been cleared for full practices yet, but are able to participate in basketball-related activities, as the two went through today.

“They’ll continue to ramp up through the week as they progress,” Black said. “Neither will play Tuesday or Friday, but the plan on them is to ramp up practices this week and we’ll update both of them at the end of this week.”

Blake was diagnosed with a torn collateral ligament in his right elbow and has been out since Dec. 13. Farmar, meanwhile, has been out since Jan. 3 after suffering a tear in his left hamstring. The UCLA product hurt the same hamstring earlier in the year, but this tear was in a different location. Post practice, Farmar was pleased to just get back on the court with his teammates.

“It was great,” he said. “I’ve been bored. That’s been the hardest thing. With this injury, you don’t feel too injured. It’s not painful; you don’t feel hurt. Just having to sit down, be patient and wait your turn, especially seeing them struggle, I just want to be out there and contribute.”

Xavier Henry (knee strain) went through some on-court work in Miami and was expected to be out another 10-14 days, but visited with a doctor today. There is no new update regarding his injury.

Both Pau Gasol (toe) and Jodie Meeks (foot) did not practice on Monday, but both are expected to play on Tuesday against Indiana.

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier 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.”

Lakers Injury Update from Miami

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix SunsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHealthy bodies have been quite difficult to find on the court for the Lakers this season, and that trend continued at Wednesday’s session in Miami in which Mike D’Antoni didn’t have enough guys available to play 5-on-5.

Available (nine): Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Nick Young, Manny Harris, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Chris Kaman
Unavailable (six): Pau Gasol (foot), Xavier Henry (knee), Jordan Farmar (hamstring), Steve Blake (elbow), Kobe Bryant (knee fracture), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation)

Gasol is the one player off the latter list who will play against the Heat on Thursday evening, as an open wound on his left foot won’t keep him out of game action, despite making it a bit painful to run, jump and cut.

Here’s the update on the Lakers who remain on the shelf:

XAVIER HENRY:
Henry did some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice with his teammates on Wednesday. He said he’s progressed from where he was last week with a knee strain suffered on Dec. 29, which has caused him to miss 11 games thus far. Henry has been ruled out of Thursday’s game in Miami and Friday’s in Orlando. He’ll be evaluated over the weekend.

KOBE BRYANT:
Bryant is expected to be evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on either Monday, Jan. 27., or Tuesday the 28th. Bryant said that he expected to get an MRI in “February,” but that could apparently come a few days prior to the change of month. Kobe’s been keeping in cardio shape by doing work on a stationary bike, but needs the knee fracture to fully heal before he can resume basketball activities. That said, Bryant has made it clear in respective media sessions in Boston and Chicago that he fully plans on returning as soon as he’s physically able.

STEVE NASH:
Nash has been with his personal physical therapist/trainer working out in Vancouver, trying to improve daily so that he can test out the back, hamstring and nerve root issues that have plagued him this season. He’ll be re-evaluated by the Lakers when the team returns from the road trip just as Bryant is.

STEVE BLAKE:
Originally diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that would take a minimum of six weeks, Blake will visit with his doctor in Los Angeles when the team returns, and a potential return date may be established at the time. One can speculate that it’s going to be a bit longer, as the key word in the original timetable was “minimum.”

JORDAN FARMAR:
Farmar tore his left hamstring in a different spot from an original tear in early December on Dec. 31, and was given a four-week timetable until re-evaluation, which could come at the beginning of February. Don’t be surprised if it’s a couple of weeks after that until Farmar hits the game floor.

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State WarriorsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier 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.