Injuries have played a major role in the struggles for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Although Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar will be on the shelf a little while longer, Xavier Henry appears to be nearing his return to the floor according to Bill Oram of the OC Register on Jan. 12:
"Xavier Henry says he is mostly pain free in knee but still has “weirdness.” Playing Tues possible but still up in the air."
Henry went down with a bone bruise in his knee last month in the loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The former lottery pick was thought to be out an extended amount of time with the knee injury being suffered without contact, but it was diagnosed as a bone bruise that needed to be re-evaluated.
After practicing on Sunday, Henry appears to be ready to return. The "weirdness" Henry is feeling in his injured knee might be enough to hold him out a little while longer, but it's a good sign that he was able to get some work in this weekend.
As for Bryant, and the other backcourt players currently injured, the upcoming road trip appears to be out of the question in terms of other players returning to the floor. Bryant and Nash might be able return on Jan. 28 against the Indiana Pacers, but nothing is set in stone at this point.
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