Lakers gear up for LeBron’s Cavs; Jordan Hill, Ronnie Price probable

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are set to square off on Thursday. The Lakers should also be getting reinforcements with Jordan Hill (knee) and Ronnie Price (elbow) listed as probable for game./GETTY IMAGES

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are set to square off on Thursday. The Lakers should also be getting reinforcements with Jordan Hill (knee) and Ronnie Price (elbow) listed as probable for game./GETTY IMAGES

By Tony Ciniglio
Los Angeles Daily News

So Kobe Bryant is expected to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, preserving the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James showdown.

The Lakers are also expecting to have other reinforcements.

Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who hyperextended his knee against Miami on Tuesday, told reporters he was “feeling good” but was a little sore. He is listed as probable against Cleveland, seemingly escaping a more serious injury.

“He feels good. Said his knee is sore, but he did not have an MRI this morning, and that was a good sign,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. We’ll see if he can go through the walkthrough.”

Point guard Ronnie Price is also listed as probable for an elbow injury. Scott said Price had an MRI on his elbow and was waiting to hear from the medical staff.

The Lakers will need all hands on deck for a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has lost six straight games and seems to be struggling with a new coach and an all-star cast of players.

Remind anyone of the 2012-13 Lakers?

Byron Scott, a former Cavs coach, is not going to be reminiscing at all.

“They are a team coming here desperate for a win,” Scott said. “They’ve lost six straight. LeBron played the other night. They’re hungry for a win.

“Everyone is a little surprised about them. But I don’t worry about that team. I’ve got my own problems. I’ve got one team on my mind. One organization. I don’t worry about anyone else.”

  • Arthur Jury

    Kobe’s last 2 games: 3 of 16 and 2 of 12 (19%). I like Kobe but he is totally over the hill and should retire while he is still “on top” with fan goodwill. Yes he’s only 36 calendar years old but with 250 playoff games (#3 NBA seasons), 100 Olympic & world cup games (1+ season) and signing at age 17 not going to college (+4 seasons) he has the legs of a 42 year old beat up athlete.

    The WORST thing ever done was Jimmy *the lucky sperm” Buss giving an already aged / injured Kobe that giant $50-million 2 year contract extension. Besides committing funds to an injured no playing person, that is 50-mill not available for other players, and when you factor in that other stars won’t come here because they’ll “never see the ball” the Lakes are in for a long term winter of poor records worse than anything in the 70’s.