Click here to Skip to main content

Lakers' Barnes to have MRI on sprained right knee

Posted Jan 8 2011 9:21AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lakers forward Matt Barnes sprained his right knee during Los Angeles' win over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, and coach Phil Jackson is worried the injury might be serious.

Barnes was hurt during the second quarter when he landed awkwardly after battling Jarrett Jack for a rebound. Barnes spun in the air while attempting to control the ball with one arm, eventually coming down hard on his right leg.

Barnes will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of his injury. Jackson said he was "concerned" about Barnes' health.

"I'm going to have an MRI, and then we'll set up a timetable," Barnes said while walking out of Staples Center after the game. "Any time you can walk, it's a good sign ... so just stay hopeful."

Barnes had two points in 10 minutes during the first half, but checked out with 5:22 left in the second quarter of the Lakers' 101-97 win.

Barnes is averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers, providing valuable minutes as backup to low-scoring starter Ron Artest.

Backup point guard Steve Blake also injured his left ankle during the fourth quarter, but Jackson didn't believe the injury was serious. Blake also walked out of Staples Center without aid.

photoTop 10 Plays: Vegas Summer League Rookies
Check out the top 10 rookie plays from the 2014 Summer League games in Las Vegas.
photoTop 10 Plays: Las Vegas Summer League
Check out the top 10 plays from the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League.
photoAll-Access: Zach LaVine
Take a look behind the scenes with Wolves rookie guard Zach LaVine before during and after his first Summer League game in Las Vegas.
photoAll Access: Championship Celebration
Go behind-the-scenes with the Kings during their Summer League Championship celebration.
photoBlazers All-Access: David Vanterpool
Listen to Blazers' Assistant Coach David Vanterpool as he coaches the Trail Blazers to a 75-67 victory over the Rockets at Summer League.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.