Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni “expects” Jodie Meeks will play Game 2 vs. Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Despite missing two consecutive practices to heal from a sprained left ankle, there’s a good chance Lakers reserve guard Jodie Meeks will play tonight in Game 2 of the team’s first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center.

“I expect him to play,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “But it will be a game-time decision.”

Meeks took part in all of morning shootaround and he said his ankle at this point feels fine enough to play. But the Lakers want to see how Meeks looks during pre-game warmups before officially deciding his availability.

Meeks believed he felt pain after stepping on an opponent’s foot after driving in for a layup during the Lakers’ 91-79 Game 1 loss Sunday to San Antonio. Either way, Meeks left with 9:11 in the second quarter to get his ankle retaped. He then appeared later in the second half. Meeks played a limited role, scoring only four points on 1 of 4 shooting in 20 minutes.

Afterwards, Meeks said he struggled walking and experienced swelling. Though retaping his ankle, icing and treatment improved his ankle, Meeks sat out both practices Monday and Tuesday for precautionary measures.

The Lakers have plenty of offensive issues against San Antonio. The Spurs’ relentlessly fronted Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. Lakers guard Steve Nash shot only 6 of 15 from the field in his first game since missing the previous right because of a right hamstring injury. And the Lakers went a combined 3 of 15 from three-point range.

Although it’s only come in flashes, Meeks’ three-point speciality could play a critical part in offsetting the Lakers’ offensive struggles.

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  • eriksuperman

    I just don’t see D’Antoni as having too many more options to surprise the
    Spurs with; Meeks is hurt again? Wow, this is becoming a bit ridiculous
    and unfortunate for the Lakers. I see them playing their hearts out, but
    they are just outmatched by the Spurs team. I saw part of the game on TV
    at work last night, but when my shift at DISH ended at halftime I didn’t want
    to have to wait until I got home to watch. I got on the bus to go home
    and turned on my iPad, using my DISH Anywhere app, and caught the second half
    action. I like being able to take my TV and DVR with me on-the-go, but
    this Lakers series is getting harder and harder to watch each game.