Despite the various injuries nursed by Lakers forwards Pau Gasol (sprained right ankle, sprained left hand) and Jordan Hill (sprained left ankle), they will still start when the Lakers (9-8) host the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) tonight at Staples Center without any minute restrictions.
“They’re good,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Sunday after the Lakers’ morning shootaround at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.
Both Gasol and Hill missed Saturday’s practice, but were listed as probably beforehand to play. They both participated Sunday in the Lakers’ morning shootaround, though neither spoke with reporters.
Hill iced his left ankle following the Lakers’ 106-102 victory Friday over the Detroit Pistons. He said the sprain stemmed from Detroit forward Andre Drummond steppig on his foot. Meanwhile, Gasol wore a wrap on his left hand and also indicated he strained his right pinkie finger.
Gasol had posted double-digit performances on at least 50 percent shooting in four of the past five games. Meanwhile, Hill’s early production has waned recently, posting a combined four points on 2 of 20 shooting in the previous two contests. Because of his observation that Hill’s energy has waned in recent games, D’Antoni has played Hill a combined 35 minutes in the past two games after playing in the 30-minute range in the previous six contests. D’Antoni will plan to feature a combination of forwards Wesley Johnson and Shawne Williams offseting Hill’s minutes, as well as backup center Robert Sacre.
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