OAKLAND – Once the beep rang loudly, Lakers forward Antawn Jamison stood up and headed toward the trainer’s room. He had just spent time at his locker wearing attached to an electro-stim machine that sent currents into his strained right wrist.
Moments later, Jamison then found out the hard way how he’d fare playing with a wrist that experienced ligament damage only three days ago. In the Lakers’ 109-103 loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors, Jamison had only five points on 1 of 5 shooting. He missed his first three attempts.
“It’s a little stiff,” Jamison said. “The brace I had on earlier threw me off a little bit. I got hit on it and got a little stinger, but nothing to the point where any caution going down the road will affect me as far as being able to do the things I’ve been doing. I actually felt pretty good.”
It didn’t matter if Jamison could play with the injury if his shooting stroke remained ineffective. Jamison hardly offered much defensively, a weakness that’s been well documented throughout his 15-year career. But he said the injury hardly played into it.
“That was definitely a question I had,” Jamison said. “But during shootaround I was able to imitate what I do out there on the court. Today I didn’t have any problems with it. That was the most important thing I was worried about, especially trying to hold off guys from getting rebounds. There was one time I thought about it and din’t box out the way I needed to. But after that I did it with no setbacks or stingers.”
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