Mike Brown expects no limitations for Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts
Though the Lakers' Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts are dealing with injuries, Coach Mike Brown said he expects his starting forwards to experience "no limitations" Tuesday against the Utah Jazz.
Gasol played with protective padding on his right shoulder during the Lakers' 100-91 loss Monday to the Sacramento Kings, after suffering a sprain while fighting through a screen on Sunday against Chicago.
McRoberts has a sprained left big toe, the result, he said, of normal wear and tear through two regular-season games. But he said he also suffered a sprained left shoulder Monday when he took the brunt of an offensive foul by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Meanwhile, Matt Barnes has bursitis in his left hip, but is still listed on the active roster.
As for their respective injuries, both McRoberts and Gasol indicated in the locker room before the game that their injuries would not prevent them from playing.
Brown holds that same optimism regarding the Lakers despite their first 0-2 start since the 2002-03 season.
"I'm sure there is panic out there," Brown said. "My oldest son is panicked himself. He's always panicked when we lose. I'm not. Whether it's right or wrong, I don't know. But I feel good about my team and the process we're going right through right now."
That's because Brown said he remains satisfied with the team's offense despite its heavy number of turnovers. He also expects the breakdowns on defending the pick-and-roll to subside fairly soon. Then , of course, there's the return of Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who's serving a four-game suspension after throwing a forearm at Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the 2011 playoffs.
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