The Lakers will be without Ron against Phx (who are 11-2 at home).

O.C. Register: Ron Artest (concussion) will not be coming to Phoenix to join the Lakers, as Phil Jackson had hoped.

Given that Jackson didn’t much like what the grouping of Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum did together, there’s little chance Jackson starts that big frontcourt against the up-tempo Suns. Phoenix starts 6-foot-8 Grant Hill at small forward, who isn’t ultra-quick anymore but still is not ideal for the 6-10 Odom.

Regardless, Jackson said he cares more who finishes the game than who starts it. So Shannon Brown, who fared well down the stretch Saturday night in Sacramento, would definitely seem in line for more minutes again at shooting guard against Jason Richardson.

The Lakers play again at Staples Center on Tuesday night against Golden State, so Artest might gain medical clearance to play then.