Josh McRoberts 'doubtful' for Lakers-Warriors game
It's likely that Lakers forward Josh McRoberts will remain sidelined for a third consecutive game because of the sprained big toe on his left foot. Lakers spokesman John Blacks said McRoberts is considered "doubtful" for the team's contest Friday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
In their 107-96 loss Thursday at Portland, the Lakers saw firsthand how much they miss McRoberts' on-court energy. L.A.'s reserves scored only 14 points on five-of-24 shooting, a far cry from the 24 points Portland's bench provided. McRoberts' 5.7-points-per-game average on 53.8% shooting and 5.7 rebounds often come through hustle play, and the Lakers severely lacked that when Portland scored 32 points in the third quarter, with Troy Murphy assuming heavier minutes.
McRoberts suffered his injury last week in the Lakers' game against Sacramento on Dec. 26, but he managed to play through it. After discovering the toe hadn't healed, the training staff encouraged him to sit out Monday's practice and Tuesday's game against Houston. An MRI exam and CT scan Tuesday did not show any fractures, but Coach Mike Brown told reporters in Portland, including ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin, that he doesn't want McRoberts to rush his return.
"I'm not going to risk hurting Josh more and try to throw him in the game," Brown said. "Obviously we miss him. We miss his energy, we miss his hustle, his ability to rebound and defend and stuff like that, but I'm not going to throw him out there if I don't think he's ready."
-- Mark Medina
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