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Artest out tonight against Phoenix

December 28, 2009 | 12:19 pm

Artest Lakers forward Ron Artest will not play tonight against Phoenix, a team spokesman said Monday.

Artest will miss his second game because of a concussion he sustained Christmas night while falling down a flight of stairs. He also has a sore left elbow.

Artest consulted with a neurologist Monday morning in Los Angeles and was again told his condition was improving, but he was not cleared to play.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson started Lamar Odom in Artest's place Saturday against Sacramento, though he might not use the same lineup tonight against the smaller Suns.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Ron Artest congratulates Kobe Bryant in the closing seconds of the Lakers' victory over Minnesota on Dec. 11. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times