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Lakers' Artest probably not playing tonight

December 29, 2009 |  1:39 pm

Lakers forward Ron Artest is doubtful for tonight's game against Golden State because of a concussion, meaning he will probably miss a third consecutive game.

Artest continues to see a Los Angeles neurologist on a daily basis but has not been cleared to play.

Artest also injured his left elbow in what the team said was a tumble down a flight of stairs at his home on Christmas night.

The Lakers will probably start Lamar Odom in Artest's place, though their reserves will again be stretched thin after being outscored by Phoenix, 52-31, on Monday. Golden State, like Phoenix, employs a run-and-gun style.

--Mike Bresnahan