It appears Luke has a throbbing ankle sprain that may have him out for game 5; though he wants to give it a go.

O.C. Register: Game 5 is why Luke Walton was getting his ankle taped by Gary Vitti while in street clothes after Game 4… because Walton wants to be able to play Monday night, but he acknowledged his injured left ankle was an awkward non-rolled sprain and “throbbing pretty good.”

Walton stopped on a third-quarter fast break to drop the ball back to Lamar Odom and “felt like the (ankle) bone sheared forward and came back.”

  • Walton blows dogs for quarters

    This is actually great news for the Lakers if Walton doesn’t play. Hopefully it’s a career ending injury!!!!

  • Chris Manning

    Wow, let’s be a bit mature. No need for stupidity.

  • Lakezilla

    Luke Walton is just like his dad, injury prone. There is something in their genes that results in prolonged foot injuries, which ultimately ended his dad’s career. That’s why I hated the contract that Mitch gave him. Too much money for a limited role player that’s injury prone. Mitch called this fool the first minute when free agency happened and offered him max mid-level money, wtf? Mitch should’ve waited to see his market value before he did something like that. I mean that’s what you do to superstar players like Kobe and Lebron. He’s had injury problems dating back to his college days. Luke is a nice guy but a lets be honest, if Phil never cameback to coach he wouldn’t be in the league right now. He’s slow, can’t shoot, can’t defend and has an overrated IQ (that play to end the half sums it up). Some people rave about his passing but all i see most of the time is turnovers. An avg of 2 to 3 assists a game with 3 to 4 turnovers is horrible.

  • gugy

    Even though I think the day the Lakers get rid of the last of the scrubs: Walton, we will be a dynasty. I do not wish a career end injury for him or anybody. That’s plain stupidity.

    Mitch had been great at eliminating scrubs:
    Brian cook

    Walton is the last piece of the puzzle. We are close. :-)

  • Chris

    With both Walton and Ariza getting hurt, maybe Ammo will get some playing time!

  • Sako

    oh cmon, everybodys getting hurt.

  • spongebob

    kobe says once ur 26, its impossible to be 100%

  • Moses

    Didn’t really need this to happen with Trev getting hurt also.

    Looks like more time for KB at the 3 with Sasha filling in at the 2, Morrison is not worth suiting up at this point, he won’t contribute anything, and Kobe can play just as effective at the 3 when Trevor is sitting down, even LO could slide over for a while

  • Fluke Is A MORON!

    No more bad talk about Fluke… you might offend the WifeBlowsFluke guy. I swear this dude and his wife probably swing with Fluke and his dog after games at Staples.

    Maybe Lakers play better now without Fluke… guess we’ll see on Monday.

  • Michael_23

    Wow, i think Luke has been playing good basketball coming off the bench. I know that play at the end of the 1st half yesterday, was the worse pass of the year for Luke, but he’s actually been ok for us.

    What we need to worry about is Bynum. He’s young but there’s something going on in the locker room that worries me. Worse game stat wise games 3 and 4. Let’s hope things get better starting in Game 5. We’re at home, so he should be more comfortable.

  • farmabrick

    Sorry to see Luke get hurt, but I’d be curious to see Adama Morrison get some mid-2nd Quarter playing time to see how he plays when it matters. That would be a good game and a good time to find out if this guy has a clue.

  • bcjc

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    wow seriously??? Even if he makes some silly mistakes during the game you don’t wish injury on any one.. He actually contributes to the lakers success despite what any one might think…hopefully he recovers well

  • as1084

    this series should have been over yesterday!

  • j

    the problem with a lot of laker fans is they don’t appreciate their players. one moment they’re asking someone to be traded, either for gerald wallace or kirilenko, and the other, they are praising him for stepping up to beat cleveland at the Q. those laker fans (not all, but most who commented on this article) only see the bad in people. they don’t appreciate the great plays that luke walton makes. he doesn’t make great baskets but he makes it possible for his teammates to make them.

    I’m a huge laker fan, you might disagree with me. I’m just tired of people talking trash about our players. Personally, I would wanna see Adam Morrison play tomorrow night, and so are Sun Yue and DJ Mbenga (Unfortunately, they’re inactive). They are all Lakers. If you are real laker fans, respect them. When Kwame Brown was traded, who wished him luck, no one. Now that he’s peacefully settling in Detroit, we’re still taking shots at him. No one even appreciated Kwame Brown’s interior defense. C’mon Phil Jackson’s not dumb to put Kwame Brown in the starting lineup for nothing. Some say they aren’t fans of the players but the team itself. Well, the players are the team. And you gotta learn to respect each and every one of them.

  • WifelovesLuke

    ” Fluke Is A MORON!
    Apr 26th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    No more bad talk about Fluke… you might offend the WifeBlowsFluke guy. I swear this dude and his wife probably swing with Fluke and his dog after games at Staples.

    Maybe Lakers play better now without Fluke… guess we’ll see on Monday.”

    What an incredibly intelligent thing to say (sarcasm). Just because you have no concept of how ball movement works in the triangle offense doesn’t mean you have to be the a$$ clown. While the swinging with Luke and his dog comment is quite hilarious, you still offer no credible argument as to why Luke is not a perfect ROLE player for Phil’s offense. Good effort on your part, but I’m afraid you still come off looking like the moron, both in life and basketball IQ. NEXT!

  • 123

    As j said, Phil Jackson is not dumb. Not dumb to put Luke Walton in for a long time when you have a lot of players. Luke does what PJackson wants him to do.

  • Smush Walton

    Luke has been pathetic. His shot has been horrible, he can’t jump, his D is laughable, he runs like he is running in sand. When we lose a big lead, chances are Luke is on the floor.

    I hope he takes a LONG rest.

    What a waste to piss all that money away on this scrub.

  • Smush Walton

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    I give Mitch credit for getting rid of the garbage. Next out the door should be Puke and Fartmore. Vujabrick is getting very close to joining them.

    What a STUPID play by Puke at the end of the half. Even James Worthy called a BONEHEAD PLAY. This should settle it once and for about the great basketball IQ this lame brain has! IDIOT!

  • luke and sasha and farmar has got to go!!! and im a laker fan!

    luke getting hurt puts a smile on my face lets admit his game stinks he has no defense and no offense hopefully sasha will get hurt as well the lakers are lucky to have shannon brown!! now farmar isnt gonna see no damn playing time haha!

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  • lakerman1

    The problem with Luke is he has been prone to bad decisions. He dribbles into traffic to often is tentative & indecisive with too many turnovers, and Saturaday with what 3 to 5 seconds in the 2nd,Lakers up by Ten and with Shannon Brown right there to accept the inbound pass Luke elects to throw the ball downcourt it gets picked off the Jazz score with an and 1 cutting the lead to seven. I am sorry sir but lets admit it while i do not hate him or his father and i do not wish anyone career ending injuries, Luke has not measured up to the 30 mil contract the lakers gave him and his bad decisions outway the good. The only way any other teams accept Luke is to clear up salary space and since he only make six mil a year that is not likely to happen so he will probably be a laker until his contract expires. Sorry but he has had to much of an opportunity to be as inconsistant as he has become.

  • Billy Kupchak

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    good point to share with TLN!! :cool:

  • Billy Kupchak

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    that’s right LD2k! :)
    tell TLN! how to be more kind to its players! :cool:

  • will

    Luke’s play to end the half in Game 5 was a stupid call by officials. I rewinded it on my cable box and showed everyone I was watching it with why it was a CHARGING foul.

    He was outside the restricted zone with both feet planted firmly. It was a smart play which if (called correctly) should have given the Lakers 2 free throws to end the half. Too bad I can’t find video on it.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Written by Jeff Little in Game 5 Preview: “The Lakers are an excellent team in closeout games and tonight will be no different. The focus for the Lakers to end this first round series should be on using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement, rebounding, taking care of the basketball by eliminating turnovers and playing defense without fouling.”

    Ball movement and player movement. Guys, that’s why Walton stays on the floor. That’s why Jackson likes him. Nobody likes his jump shot. Except my wife. lol! He’s on the floor because of what the triangle offense needs. Movement!

  • Smush Walton

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    He sure gave us some great movement at the end of the first half! That play was an indicator of his “Basketball IQ”.

  • Smush Walton

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    The only ball movement Luke should be doing on the team he should be doing while he is sitting on the bench.

  • Smush Walton

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    Dumb? No, Phil is not dumb.

    More like STUBBORN!

    For heaven’s sake – he stuck with Smush Parker for TWO FULL SEASONS before he finally saw the light on what a piece of dung that guy was!