Lakers backup Jordan Hill has a back injury

Jordan Hill, a backup forward, suffered a herniated disc in his back, the Lakers announced Monday afternoon. Back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins Jr., diagnosed the problem after Hill scored 10 points in the Lakers’ exhibition loss Sunday to Golden State.

Hill will be re-examined in one week and an update will be provided then.

The Lakers are counting on Hill to give them depth behind starter Pau Gasol. Hill played a team-leading 20 minutes, 13 seconds Sunday, making 5 of 11 shots and adding three rebounds and three assists. He did not play in the fourth quarter, however.

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