Mike D’Antoni hopes Xavier Henry could return Sunday or Tuesday

MIAMI — Although no official timetable has been provided, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni held out hope that Lakers forward Xavier Henry could heal the bone bruise in his right knee in time either when the Lakers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday or when the Lakers play at home against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

“Maybe. I’m being positive. I don’t know,” D’Antoni said after shootaround in preparation for the Lakers’ game tonight against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. “He said he feels better.”

On the way out of arena, Henry provided a similar diagnosis. He also said he increased his workload on Thursday that entailed running, cutting and light shooting after performing similar drills during Wednesday’s practice.

Henry played in a full set of on-court basketball drills including games of three-on-three on Jan. 12, but he felt soreness in his right knee and scaled back his workload. He has also dealt with an abnormality surrounding the lateral meniscus in his right knee. Henry, who has missed the past 11 games, has become a pleasant surprise morphing from a training camp invitee to a dependable wing player. He has averaged 10.4 points and would resume his role as the team’s backup point guard whenever he returns.

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