Good news today with an injury update on Jordan Hill; the Lakers forward should be playing against the Clippers this week after suffering from a herniated disk two weeks ago. Hill’s back injury didn’t require surgery and is considered a minor injury in comparison to what Howard went through over the summer. Part of the Lakers bench, and one of their strongest options, the Lakers couldn’t afford to not have Jordan on the court at the start of season.
Despite the exciting turn of events for Hill, two of the Laker’s starters are out and will most likely not play in tomorrow’s game.
Kobe Bryant received an injury in Sunday’s preseason game against the Kings. Here, he strained and bruised his right foot. Although at first the injury didn’t look significant, is has become enough of a problem to make sure Kobe will not be playing this coming game. Listed as day to day, fans still hope for a fast Kobe recovery.
Howard will also miss this divisional preseason showdown with the Clippers on Wednesday due to soreness in his back. Uh oh. Coming out strong on Sunday with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, Howard may have overexerted himself. It is much better to miss this game and play it safe when it comes to his back injury than try and play even a bit sore. Good news though; the superstar center is expected to start against the Kings on Thursday at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Although this could change, it’s a good sign for Lakers fans.
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