OAKLAND — No matter how much treatment he receives on his sprained right wrist or tests it out during practice, Lakers forward Antawn Jamison concedes he has no idea how he’ll feel once he steps court tonight against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
But he sounded strongly confident that his injury won’t negatively affect his shooting.
“If I had to change my shooting stroke again, it’s going to be a long night,” Jamison said. “I wouldn’t be playing if I couldn’t play my style or do the things I do. I definitely want to put my team in a situation where I’m not hurting them instead of helping them. But I don’t think it will get to the point where I can’t do the things I normally do.”
Jamison’s shooting accuracy, or lack thereof, could play a huge part in the Lakers’ (36-34) fortunes as they hold a two-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the eighth playoff spot. Jamison has averaged 11.3 points a per game on 50.8 percent shooting and a 40.2 percent mark from three-point range in the Lakers’ 32 wins that he played. Through the Lakers’ 32 losses that he played, Jamison averaged only 7.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting and a 29.1 percent clip from three-point range.
Jamison conceded the wrist felt painful and weak. Hence, why he spent time before the game sitting at his locker wearing electronic stimulation attached to his right wrist. But after Jamison went through morning shootaround taking jumps shots with kinesio tape around his wrist, the Lakers maintain he’ll be fine.
“When he shoots the ball, it doesn’t hurt,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He was afraid playing on defense and pushing his hands and going inside. But he said he tried it on Pau [Gasol] and it didn’t hurt him. He’s good to go.”
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