Despite Luke’s latest injury, he says he will play in the second round.
O.C. Register: Luke Walton will be unabashedly rooting for the Portland Trail Blazers for a little while.
Walton wants Portland, which trails its first-round series with Houston by a 3-1 count, to force a Game 7 and thus push the Lakers’ second-round series as far back as possible. Walton hopes the partially torn deltoid ligament in his left ankle will heal in time for him to be available for the second round.
Walton said he’ll “absolutely” play in the second round, although the Lakers are waiting for a re-examination in a week before projecting how long Walton will be out.