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Josh McRoberts to miss Lakers-Grizzlies game

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The sprained big toe on his left foot will keep Lakers forward Josh McRoberts sidelined for the fourth consecutive game Sunday when the Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies.

McRoberts sat out of Saturday's practice and was dressed in street clothes.

Meanwhile, Brown said Kobe Bryant "practiced in most of the practice," though he stayed out of unspecified drills to treat the torn ligament in his right wrist.

McRoberts suffered his injury 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.

Since signing with the Lakers at the minimum mid-level exception, McRoberts has made an immediate impact. He started at power forward while Pau Gasol moved to center to replace Andrew Bynum, who served a four-game suspension connected to his forearm shove on Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the 2011 playoffs.

McRoberts' 5.7 points a game on 53.8% shooting and 5.7 rebounds often came via hustle plays. And he often played among the Lakers' starters as well as reserve unit. 

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--Mark Medina

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

 
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