April 28, 2009

Trevor Ariza & Luke Walton Injured

The Los Angeles Lakers' pair of small forwards are hobbling in the playoffs.

Trevor Ariza and Luke Walton, key players in the Lakers' rotation in the playoffs, have suffered injuries that may limit their effectiveness in the post-season. Ariza is struggling with an ankle injury, while Walton has been confirmed to be out at least a week with a torn deltoid ligament.

What the Lakers could do is play Lamar Odom more on the small forward position or give more playing time to Adam Morrison, the third player in the Lakers' small forward depth chart.

In any case, the Lakers' goal of closing the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their first-round NBA Playoff series got a little tougher.

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