The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a major blow to their bench on Saturday, Jan. 12 with the team officially announcing that Jordan Hill will miss the rest of the season. Hill will undergo season-ending surgery on his hip according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
Los Angeles Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill likely will miss the remainder of the season because of a hip injury.
Hill underwent an arthrogram test Friday on his injured left hip, and results showed that he has loose fragments in addition to a possible torn labrum, according to the Lakers.
Before going down with the hip injury that will end his season, Hill played in 29 games for the Lakers averaging 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor.
Hill's presence off the bench has been huge for the Lakers since the team acquired the forward-center before the trade deadline last season from the Houston Rockets for Derek Fisher.
With Hill out for the season, the Lakers will turn to rookie center Robert Sacre and forward Earl Clark to help fill the void in the frontcourt. Clark's recent play has promising enough to limit concern over the loss of Hill for the time being.
Dwight Howard also returned to the floor for the Lakers against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday after missing three games due to a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Follow the Los Angeles Lakers Examiner on Twitter: @Lakers_Examiner
Check out Ryan Ward's articles at: LakersNation.com