SAN FRANCISCO — Antawn Jamison had given every indication he’d suit up when the Lakers play tonight against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena despite a sprained right wrist. But after going through morning shootaround taking jumps shots with kinesio tape around his injured right wrist, Jamison is considered a definite go tonight.
“Obviously we’ll monitor him with pain and stuff,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But he said he felt pretty good. So he’ll go. If he can shoot okay, it’s fine. If he’s laboring, we’ll take him out.”
D’Antoni insists Jamison’s shooting accuracy was fine, though the team’s morning shootaround wasn’t open enough to independently confirm that. Regardless, Jamison could face an adjustment period considering he spent Sunday’s practice staying out of contact drills to avoid further damage on his wrist, which he says has a strain and built-up scar tissue.
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.
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