Sunday, October 6, 2013
Injury update: Johnson, Henry suffer setbacks
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- Wesley Johnson has been a star during Los Angeles Lakers training camp, receiving daily compliments from teammates and the coaching staff in the press. And Xavier Henry, with a combined 44 points in L.A.'s first two preseason games, has been the darling of the early exhibition slate. So it was doubly discouraging to see both players suffer injuries in Sunday's 97-88 preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Johnson left the game in the first quarter because of a strained left foot, finishing with only two points and three rebounds in eight minutes, while shooting 1-for-5 from the field with two turnovers.
"There was some burning sensation in his foot," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're hoping [it is] not bad."
Johnson has an MRI exam scheduled Monday to examine the injury.
Henry, who scored a team-high 15 points on 4-for-7 shooting and 7-for-9 from the foul line, aggravated the moderate sprain in his right (non-shooting) wrist in the fourth quarter.
"He's had that for a couple weeks," D'Antoni said. "Right before camp opened we were playing a pick-up game and he hurt it."
Henry is with the Lakers on a non-guaranteed, training camp invite and is trying to make the team's 15-man roster.
"He's an NBA player and he's only 22-23 years old," D'Antoni said. "He's shown enough that, yeah, he can play in this league. We'll see what role he can carve out, but I'm really happy right now with his performance."
Jordan Farmar (sore calf) and Chris Kaman (rest) were also held out of the Lakers' lineup Sunday. D'Antoni said both of them would be available for the Lakers' next two preseason games this week against Denver on Tuesday in Ontario, Calif. and the Sacramento Kings on Thursday in Las Vegas.
D'Antoni added that Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, who played Sunday after being given the night off on Saturday, could possibly be held out Thursday.
"We'll see about Thursday," D'Antoni said. "Definitely they'll want to play Tuesday. If we keep [their minute total] in the low 20s and we're not going to practice them in the days in between, that should be OK."