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Lakers express concern over injuries to Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes

Within moments, both Lakers guard Derek Fisher and reserve forward Matt Barnes raised severe concerns about the team's health.

Fisher left toward the end of the third quarter of the Lakers' 92-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday with a sprained left elbow after his arm got tangled with former Laker Kwame Brown as the two attempted to grab a rebound. Fisher fell to the floor in pain at the 3:36 mark after Brown fought for the ball after the whistle. Meanwhile, Barnes expected to return to the lineup after sitting out the past 25 games while recovering from knee surgery, but he said afterward that he aggravated a nerve while stretching during pregame warmups.

The Lakers are officially listing both injuries as day to day, and both players are to be reevaluated Saturday before the Lakers travel for their game Sunday against San Antonio. But the Lakers' tone afterwards reflected genuine concern.

"I don't know what to say about Matt. I don't know when he's going to be ready or if," said Coach Phil Jackson, who had hoped to phase in Barnes for an undetermined amount of minutes off the bench to avoid a transitional phase during the Lakers' upcoming four-game trip. "But that's one of those situations you don't like to see happen. He knew something was wrong."

Meanwhile, Jackson expressed more optimism about Fisher's playing status, saying he believes he will be able to play Sunday against San Antonio. That sentiment reflects more of Jackson's praise for Fisher's toughness than his actual health. Fisher is the league leader in consecutive games played, appearing in 476 in a row since April 15, 2005.

"It's going to create some trauma in his arm elbow, etc., maybe even shoulder," Jackson said about Fisher. "We're concerned about it. I want to get him back and get him icing that arm as soon as possible so he'll be ready on Sunday. I think he'll be ready. He's strong as an ox, so he has enough strength to hold it together."

"Fish is a tough guy, we all know that," Lakers reserve guard Shannon Brown added. "Unless [his arm's]actually detached, he's definitely going to be out there playing."

Against Charlotte, however, Jackson exercised caution when deciding whether or not to keep Fisher in the lineup. Fisher, who scored two points on one of six shooting in 17 minutes and 30 seconds of play, avoided most reporters after the game. But Brown indicated Fisher's anger and frustration over the injury and in having to head to the locker room.

"He didn't want to come out of the game," Brown said of Fisher, whose performances after the All-Star break reflected improvement compared to his regular season averages in points (6.7, 7.8) and shooting percentage (39.1%, 40%), "Coach, it was his call. Fish wasn't happy about it, but I'm sure it's probably going to help." 

Barnes was  both more forthcoming and understanding regarding the team's want to exercise caution.

"It was very frustrating," Barnes said. "I was so excited to play tonight. I went out there and tried to get it going during warmups, but it just didn't feel right, so better safe than sorry."

-- Mark Medina
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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Injuries, which were imminent on this old squad,
had been forestalled through most of the season.

And then it started happening...first Matt, then Fish...
Andrew was to be the final mark when during the final minute,
of the final game of the regular season, the Kings Cuz,
who had again dominated Andrew throughout the game,
inadvertently sent Bynum crashing to the floor...
It was effortless, but he didn't mean to do it.
And being injury prone, well, suffice to say it wasn't pretty.

Fortunately, the old boys were able to muster championship
calibur resolve, and play just well enough in the final 20-games
to secure a 5th seed.

But, needless to say,
that marked the end of any three-peat aspirations.
They had become too old to compete in the NBA.
It was clearly time for the good Doctor to steal new players
from other teams, with the blessing of the NBA, and Laker fans alike.
How else could they win championships?

Go Kings!
Go Giants!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | March 04, 2011 at 10:43 PM

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Impressive!

Against a team they knew could give them serious trouble,
the boys played like champions.
Cleaned their plows.
Wiped the floor with them.
Dominated!!!

I mean really...how bout' them Spurs!!!?

They'll have an even easier time coming up,
don't you think?

This might get ugly.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Forty Niners!
Go CSUC Baseball!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | March 04, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Sonnybelfast

I know you libs don't like facts but the gay area only has 2 champions of any kind in the past 20 years.

LA #Winning

Bring it.

so you get all liquored up and start feelin mean. there's nothing better than going on a fan blog and doing your best to make others feel miserable, while telling yourself it's for their own good. but really, it's just some kind o bitter, mean feeling welling up, that's all.

i'm mud, i'm not happy about D.Fish going down, but i'm glad that it doesn't seem overly serious, just painful. i like the Lakers, i'm just from LA and i've always rooted for them. i like that they win a lot, why shouldn't i? i can handle losses too, they're just not as fun. a bad performance or loss can add to my misery, but it's not enough in itself to make me miserable, there are real problems in the world, such as drunken, miserable and even non-drunken miserable people who make themselves feel better by trying to ruin a happy person's day.

i may hope for a player to get injured, but i never really want to see that person in pain or damaged, it's just the win that is more fun than a loss. there's a line between competition and actual crime and hatred. you know like the kind of fan who would actually poison someone's food to help his weak sauce team beat the one player they couldn't stop. funny how fast the Kings were eliminated once Kobe got over the dehydration from the food poisoning, but it's just like the "Beat LA" chant. it's actually having a better team, for having an organization that actually puts a priority on winning(like San Antonio's current regime) for so long that turns these fans into ugly, twisted, and mean people known as poor losers.

it's granted that there are many of these losers who a Laker fans too, but one person behaving badly never excuses another's bad behavior. also, these miserable Lakers fans aren't miserable because of anything the Lakers or anybody else did, it's their personality. they need to do what any mean person would need to do. take a deep breath, exhale and think of something more productive.

This is why our whining about getting bench help has always been warranted. Unfortunately either due to injuries or PJ refusing to blend in real minutes for anyone past #8 on the bench for most of this season, we have the following potentially unavailable or limited for this run: Theo, Joe, Devin, Matt, DC, DFish. That leaves 9 max for the run and wishful thinking that no other bigs or PG will go down or ineffective for long stretches! Way to avoid having backup FO! For pennies on the dollar we could have taken a run at some very decent backup players the past few months, but PJs refusal to play anybody who has not been in his training camp and not a rookie has severely cramped the remaining flexibilty and not a good gamble by either J Buss in the FO. MK probably sees the futility of adding anyone until PJ is gone.

PJ used to play these types when his personal hero MJ was throwing down in Chicago...........but his lack of significant relative respect for KB has clouded his judgement and willingness to go the extra mile and give benefit of doubt to KB's crew, IMO.

14-6=8, except I counted .5 for a couple in the above list to get to a 9 total PJ may have available.......

Sonny............is that that what you call poetry? Maybe you should stick to watching your favorite teams lose. It's going to be a long ride to Anaheim.

Why is this team not adding another player to the roster even though there's still a roster spot. All the possible tough opponents, with the exception of the League leading Spurs have reinforced their roster. Could this turn out to be a big mistake?


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