Antawn Jamison practices, expects to play Monday

March, 24, 2013
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison was able to participate in non-contact drills during Lakers practice Sunday and despite his sprained right wrist, plans to play against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

"It will take a lot for me not to be out there," Jamison said. "I should be OK."

A MRI exam taken Saturday revealed Jamison suffered a slight tear in his right wrist in the second half of the Lakers' 103-100 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday.

"It's sore, but as long as I'm able to shoot it and put it on the ground for one or two dribbles, I should be fine," Jamison said. "It's just the initial shock of it taking place and trying to get over the soreness and the swelling, but nothing is slowing me down. I was able to shoot the ball."

Jamison wore kinesiology tape on his wrist during practice and is treating the injury with ice and electro-stimulation, as well as wearing a brace when he is off the court.

"The one thing I like about it is each day it's feeling a lot better," Jamison said. "I'm able to get the range of motion to go a little bit more and I've played through pain before, so I just think initially these first two road games (in Golden State and Minnesota) I might have to play with a little pain, but after that I should be back to normal."

The 15-year veteran is averaging 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.

Jamison said the MRI exam also showed he had injured the same wrist earlier in the season unbeknownst to him.

"This is not the first time," Jamison said. "I had some soreness in it a couple of weeks ago. I tried to break my fall and I kind of felt a little bit of tightness, but nothing to the point where it prevented me from lifting weights or even participating in practice. The MRI did show some scar tissue there. This is probably something that happened earlier in the season.

"It's a positive that it has happened before and I was able to still continue to play."

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Jamison's injury is similar to what Dwight Howard has to play through with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

"You're always concerned, but if he says he's fine, he's fine," D'Antoni said. "The biggest problem is probably re-injuring it or getting hit again. It will sting -- a little bit like Dwight's injury where there's going to be pain and if he can play with it, or if it doesn't hinder him, then he'll be OK. If not, then he'll have to rest."

The Lakers said Jamison's wrist will be re-evaluated after the season, something the 37-year-old Jamison says will be a measure to try to extend his career.

"The biggest thing is I don't want this to be a problem the last year or two (in the league) I have after this season," Jamison said. "So, I want to make sure I'm healthy. We'll look at it after the season and make sure no further damages have taken place and it's something that won't continue to happen."

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