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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Henry still at least a week away

By Dave McMenamin

LOS ANGELES -- Xavier Henry will be sidelined at least another week because of a bone bruise in his right knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced after Henry was examined by Dr. Stephen Lombardo before Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Henry will travel on the Lakers' seven-game "Grammy" trip with the team, beginning Wednesday in Phoenix, and will be re-evaluated Monday in Chicago or Tuesday in Miami, according to a team spokesman.

Henry underwent an on-court workout full of basketball-related activities Sunday for the first time since suffering the injury in the first quarter of the Lakers' eventual 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29.

However, the fourth-year veteran experienced soreness after Sunday's practice and downgraded his regimen back to non-weight-bearing workouts.

Henry is also dealing with an abnormality of the lateral meniscus in his right knee. Henry alluded to the abnormality when asked if he was feeling any pain after going through his practice session Sunday.

"Pain, no," Henry said. "But there's still some issues that only get better with time. So, I think I'm close to being back and I'm not sure how long [it will take], but it's feeling better."

Henry, 22, is averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists on the season and would resume his role as the team's back-up point guard whenever he is cleared to play.