The Lakers could finally start to get some of their key roster parts back as forward Xavier Henry is set to be re-evaluated for the bone bruise in his knee he suffered during last week’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne:
Xavier Henry said he’ll be reevaluated on Jan 9 (Thursday)
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 6, 2014
Henry has proven to be an integral part of this team so far this season. Besides posting career high averages in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, Henry also took over primary ballhandling duties after the rash of injuries that has befallen the Lakers point guards.
With a reevaluation set for Thursday, it is possible that Henry could return for the Lakers game on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers, or next Tuesday night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Before going down with this injury, Henry was in the midst of an extremely impressive stretch of basketball. He scored in double figures in his last five games and did an admirable job of handling the point guard duties for the injury riddled Lakers.
Henry was the latest of Laker ‘point guards’ to be injured this season and was the only one to avoid missing extensive time. Steve Nash could possibly miss the rest of the season while Steve Blake and Kobe Bryant both remain at least a month away from returning and Jordan Farmar recently suffered his second torn hamstring of the season and will be out at least four weeks.
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