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Lakers News, Rumors, and Recap: Injuries Plague the Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . Just as Kobe returns to play from a shin injury, two more players may be benched for thursday's game; Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes. This past Sunday over the Th Just as Kobe returns to play from a shin injury, two more players may be benched for thursday's game; Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes. This past Sunday over the Th Rating:
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Just as Kobe returns to play from a shin injury, two more players may be benched for thursday’s game; Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes.

This past Sunday over the Thunder, Barnes sustained an ankle injury. According to Dr. Robert Klapper, Barnes has a microscopic tear of a ligament in his ankle, requiring to make him miss visiting his hometown of Sacramento this Thursday. This occurred when Barnes slightly rolled his ankle during the game. Hopefully Matt will be ready to go for the playoffs.

Devin Ebanks’ injury is a little more peculiar. While working out this morning, the Lakers forward dropped a dumbbell on his hand and is wearing a splint. Reports say he bruised the ring and middle fingers.

What is so troubling about all of this, is that Ebanks would have been the replacement for Barnes, and a suspended World Peace, at small forward. Now, with all three of them unable to play Thursday (assuming Ebanks is not cleared), the Lakers are in a world of trouble.

How do we play an effective game without all three small forwards? Christian Eyenga could be brought up from the D-League, who the Lakers acquired with Sessions trade. Kobe will surely be used more as well as the bench players.

I remain optimistic, but Thursday will be a challenge. Lakers need this #3 seed, and won’t get it if we lose in two days.

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  • Rob

    This story was definitely posted before the final score between Staple center visitors Clips and Hawks….Lakers take the pacific once again!  Get them ready and well rested for the playoffs!

  • Betto

    Arielle, you forgot to mention the other side of what if since the Clippers just lost to the Knicker buckers and went straight to 5th place.  lol    Lakers have the no. 3 seat in the playoffs even if they lose they’re next game against the kings because of division..   xD

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