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Josh McRoberts to miss Tuesday's game against Houston

January 3, 2012 |  7:03 pm

Lakers reserve forward Josh McRoberts won't play in Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets because his sprained left big toe has worsened.

McRoberts initially injured the toe last week against Sacramento, but he managed to play through it. He sat out Monday's practice. The Lakers list him as day-to-day, and McRoberts remains unsure whether he can play Thursday at Portland. Had this been a playoff game, however, McRoberts said he would have suited up. An MRI exam and CT scan Tuesday did not show any fractures.

"Games come so quick, so there's really no time to rest," McRoberts said by his locker before the game. "Just trying to get it rested up and be healthy for the majority of the season here."

That will involve receiving treatment on his toe, wearing medical tape and limiting his work to only weight exercises. Meanwhile, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said he will increase Troy Murphy's minutes during McRoberts' absence. McRoberts has averaged 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first six games with the Lakers, and started at power forward during Andrew Bynum's four-game suspension. Murphy has averaged 3.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Josh can play the 4 and the 5," Brown said. Troy is more of a 4 from a matchup standpoint defensively. Offensively, the 4 and 5 are similar. The tough part about it is neither of them are great post-up players."

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