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Lakers' McRoberts struggling with toe injury

January 3, 2012 | 12:30 pm

Josh McRoberts

Lakers reserve forward Josh McRoberts is a game-time decision tonight against Houston because of a sprained big toe on his left foot.

McRoberts initially injured the toe last week against Sacramento, comparing it to a turf-toe situation after he stopped abruptly during the game. Pau Gasol inadvertently stepped on the toe as well later in the game, McRoberts said at the time.

An MRI exam and CT scan Tuesday did not show any fractures, and the team ruled him day-to-day.

McRoberts is averaging 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.

Reserve forward Troy Murphy would get more playing time if McRoberts can not play against Houston. Murphy is averaging 3.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.

The Lakers are 3-3 overall, 1-1 with Andrew Bynum in the lineup. They play at Portland on Thursday and play host to Golden State on Friday.


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Photo: Lakers forward Josh McRoberts is considered a game-time decision for tonight's game against Houston because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / December 27, 2011