The Lakers are ready to hit the road for their annual Grammy road trip, but before they do, they have one last game in front of the Staples Center faithful against All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, and the re-tooling Cleveland Cavaliers.
Coming into the season, many expected the Cavs to be one of the most improved teams in the Eastern Conference. With the recent addition of former Chicago Bull Luol Deng, things could soon be changing for the Cavaliers as he could prove to be the missing piece.
Injury issues continue to pile up for the Lakers as it is unknown whether Pau Gasol will suit up for the game today due to a sprained big toe. One person who absolutely won’t be in uniform is Xavier Henry, who has been ruled out for the next two games thanks to a bone bruise he suffered last month.
This game also marks the return of former head coach Mike Brown, who will be making his first return to Staples Center since being fired last season. Both teams are coming off terrible losses in their most recent game, so they will be looking to turn things around immediately, with a big win tonight.
Back to reality: 14-23 Lakers play their only home game tonight in stretch with TEN road games. Facing Mike Brown’s 13-23 Cavaliers.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) January 14, 2014
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Pau Gasol did not practice with the Lakers either Sunday or Monday, did participate in Tuesday’s shootaround.
— Bill Oram (@bill_oram) January 14, 2014
– For more on Gasol’s injury click here
LAKERS. Xavier Henry feeling soreness most likely the bone bruise and NOT meniscus issue.
— Dr. Robert Klapper (@DrRobertKlapper) January 14, 2014
– For more on Henry’s injury click here
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