Xavier Henry ruled out vs Cleveland, Phoenix after feeling more soreness in right knee

The Lakers aren’t going to field some additional healthy bodies as they had hoped.

The Lakers officially ruled forward Xavier Henry out in a back-to-back slate this week against Cleveland (Tuesday) and at Phoenix (Wednesday) after experiencing soreness Monday in the bone bruise in his right knee. Henry had participated in Sunday’s practice with the hope to return after missing the past six games. Although the Lakers reported Henry going through Sunday’s workout that entailed one-on-one and three-on-three drills without any setbacks, Henry’s increased soreness on Monday prompted the Lakers to scale back his workouts.

Henry is still scheduled to see team doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday, but he is currently scheduled to perform non-weight bearing workouts in what the Lakers called “the next several days.”

Henry became a pleasant surprise for the Lakers this season, averaging 10.1 points with an aggressive drives to the basket and the occasional shooting touch. With the Lakers also nursing injuries to Kobe Bryant (left knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (left hamstring), the Lakers have also leaned on Henry for some point guard duties.


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