Injury Report

Monday, 7:30pm PST – As if the Lakers could afford to lose another man to injury, Pau Gasol has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe on his left foot.

Gasol’s status for tomorrow game against the Cleveland Cavaliers is officially a game time decision.

Prior to the injury, Gasol was playing some of his best basketball, averaging 24ppg, 11rpg, 5apg, and 3bpg in his last six games.

The latest injury may leave the Lakers with only eight healthy players available–one can not help but wonder if they seek additional help in the front court with the roster space they opened by waiving Shawne Williams a week ago.

Monday, 11:30am PST — The injuries continue to pile up for the Lakers, as Pau Gasol is scheduled to receive an MRI on his injured left foot Monday.

The injury came at an unspecified point during Friday night’s game against the Clippers. Depending on the severity of the results from the pending MRI, the Lakers may be down to just eight healthy bodies.

Although we are still at least two weeks away from Kobe Bryant and/or Steve Nash returning to the lineup, Laker Nation may get a small sign of relief today, as Xavier Henry is set to be re-evaluated.

The Lakers (14-23) could use all of the manpower possible, as they face the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-24)  tomorrow night at STAPLES Center, before embarking on their dreaded seven game-in-twelve days Grammy road trip.

Update: Henry experienced some soreness in his right knee after running a few drills with the team on Monday. Henry has been officially ruled OUT for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Photo Credit: AP / Danny Moloshok

Photo Credit: AP / Danny Moloshok

Laker Nation thought the Lakers injury bug could not get any worse than it already has been. Unfortunately, it was wrong.

G Xavier Henry will now be out for at least 7-10 days as MRI showed that he suffered a bone bruise in his right knee during yesterday night’s game vs. Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin. The injury occurred when he landed awkwardly trying to block a shot on a fast break without anyone touching him. McMenamin also mentioned on his Twitter page that Henry’s “right knee also revealed some cartilage damage but ‘nothing severe,’” according to his sources.

Henry has clearly revived his career with the Lakers this season, averaging a career high 10.4 PPG while playing a lot of point guard, which is not his natural position by any means. Henry showed improvement in his ball handling skills since he got forced into a point guard role due to the injuries of the rest of the Lakers point guards, PG Steve Nash, PG Steve Blake, and PG Jordan Farmar, throughout this season.

With Henry’s injury and also PG Jordan Farmar missing practice today due to tigtness in his hamstring that he tore last month leaves PG Kendall Marshall as the only healthy Lakers point guard available for tomorrow’s game vs. Milwaukee Bucks. However, Farmar is expected to play tomorrow night.

“I just landed awkwardly on my leg when I was about to plant,” Henry told the media after the game. A lot of people already assumed the worst when Henry said that “feels weird” and “a little loose,” and described the sensation of that looseness as feeling “kind of buckled”.

To make matters worse for Henry, his contract does not become non-guaranteed until January 7th. The way Henry played throughout this season would have definitely guaranteed him not only a guaranteed salary this season, but also a very solid contract this offseason, like how former Lakers F Earl Clark made $8 million signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason to a 2-year contract. Fortunately, this injury does not seem as serious as what many people feared after he left yesterday’s game.

January games are very crucial for the Lakers to determine whether or not the Lakers can make a run at a playoff berth. Unfortunately, Henry’s injury makes staying alive in a playoff chase that much more difficult.

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