HONOLULU -- Monday’s practice was a black and blue one for two guys named Brown.
Fortunately for the Lakers, Jabari Brown's X-rays (right hand) and Anthony Brown's MRI (right shoulder) came back negative. Both players are questionable for Tuesday's preseason tilt with Utah.
“Anthony came and ran into a pick on his shoulder, so he’s gonna go get some X-rays on his (shoulder),” head coach Byron Scott said. “Jabari, I didn’t see what happened to his right hand.”
Though the events leading to Jabari Brown’s injury were unclear, Anthony Brown’s came when he ran into a screen set by Robert Sacre.
“It was a great pick,” Scott said. “He just happened to turn and ran right into it. Robert wasn’t moving. You run into brick walls some times, you’re gonna get hurt.”
The Lakers did, however, receive some good injury news, as Larry Nance, Jr. practiced fully after missing Sunday’s game due to back spasms. He is available for L.A.’s second and final game in Hawaii on Tuesday.
Bryant, Russell Planning to Play
After playing the entirety of Sunday’s first quarter in the Lakers’ preseason opener, Kobe Bryant was given Monday’s practice off to rest in preparation for Thursday.
“He said he felt good,” Scott said. “We’ll talk tomorrow after shootaround and formulate a plan on if we’re gonna stick with the 12 minutes we did (on Sunday) or amp it up like we talked about yesterday.”
Also, D’Angelo Russell said that the bone bruise on his right foot continues to feel better and that he forgets about it as practice rolls on. He also advised caution for the team after the injuries sustained on Monday.
“Everybody’s playing as hard as possible,” Russell said. “You’ve just got to take care of yourself and know when some guy’s out of control or some guy maybe got hit on the screen and they’re on the ground and you might have to get out the way. Just be aware of it.”
Huertas Heading to Canada
The only Laker besides Nance to sit out Sunday due to injury, Marcelo Huertas, will be flying to Vancouver in order to take care of his immigration documents. He will miss Tuesday’s game and likely Thursday’s as well.
Despite potentially having three players — Jabari Brown, Anthony Brown and Huertas — unavailable for Tuesday’s matchup, Scott maintains that the team will be fine with the 16 healthy bodies remaining on the roster.
“You’ve still got (Michael) Frazier, and Metta (World Peace) didn’t play last game,” Scott said. “So it really doesn’t make us shorthanded. Not at all.”