LAKERS NOTEBOOK: WALTON THE LATEST TO SUFFER INJURY.Byline: RICH HAMMOND Rich Hammond
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midmost of one of his best games as a pro, Luke Walton Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His position is small forward. fell victim Friday night.
Walton, whose excellent first quarter propelled the Lakers to a 20-point lead and an eventual victory over Seattle, strained his groin in the game but is expected to play in tonight's rematch in Seattle.
With the Lakers already down Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm Christopher (Chris) Steven Mihm (born July 16, 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. He stands 7 feet tall (213 cm) and weighs 265 pounds (120 kg). and with Vladimir Radmanovic still rounding into form and learning the offense, Walton's presence has been key, no more so than Friday, when he finished with a career-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists.
Asked if he envisioned himself forming a Lakers ``Big Three'' with Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant (born July 23 1978 and Lamar Odom, Walton smiled. ) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
``I don't see why I couldn't be,'' Walton said. ``We have a very deep team, so you're going to see a lot of `third guys.' You're going to see a lot of different guys step up.
``I don't feel I need to score a lot of points to help the team win. If I have my shot, it's a bonus. I can do other things, like rebound and pass, and make contributions in other ways.''
Walton has proved to be a bit injury-prone in his NBA NBA
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NBA (US) n abbr (= National Basketball Association) → Basketball-Dachverband (= career, and he said he tweaked the groin while playing defense in the fourth quarter.
``It wasn't a pop. It was more like a pull,'' he said. ``It felt much better (Saturday) morning.''
Feeling fine: Bryant did not practice Saturday, because of the wishes of Jackson and not any problems with his knee. Bryant is expected to play tonight.
``He wanted to go out and play with the guys,'' Jackson said of Bryant, ``but I thought it was probably better for him just to get some exercise.''
Another one? Sasha Vujacic, who started the season opener in place of Bryant, did not play Friday. Jackson said Vujacic ``pulled a groin the other day.'' Jackson said, ``In that situation, with Kobe back, it made sense'' not to play Vujacic.
Easing in: Jackson took the blame for Walton's groin injury and said, ``Those come from overuse overuse Health care The common use of a particular intervention even when the benefits of the intervention don't justify the potential harm or cost–eg, prescribing antibiotics for a probable viral URI. Cf Misuse, Underuse. , so I probably played him too much,'' but Jackson doesn't have much choice in the matter.
Radmanovic is still working his way back from a strained finger ligament and is still learning Jackson's offense, which is already quite familiar to Walton. That's a combination that has led to Walton's big minutes.
``We're trying to find a way for him to learn the offense,'' Jackson said of Radmanovic, who played just 15 minutes against Seattle on Friday.
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- Rich Hammond