McRoberts out again

January, 6, 2012
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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The Lakers bench shot just 5-for-24 for 14 total points in Thursday's loss to the Blazers and they didn't receive a lift from their lob-catching lefty on Friday.

Forward Josh McRoberts missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot.

McRoberts is averaging 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game on the season.

"Josh was playing good for us but he can’t play because he’s injured so we just got to go to the next guy," Lakers coach Mike Brown said before the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors.

The "next guy" is Troy Murphy, who averaged 2.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 24 minutes in the first two games that McRoberts missed.

Brown said McRoberts was "day to day" on Thursday, but the Lakers listed the 6-10, 240-pound big man as "doubtful" on Friday.

Brown admitted to exercising caution when it comes to McRoberts so that the injury doesn't linger with the five-year veteran as the season continues.

"I wouldn’t want anything to nag at him the whole year," Brown said.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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