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Brown's Stress Reaction Adds to Injury Woes
The Lakers enter their matchup with the defending-champion Golden State Warriors down another man, as Anthony Brown will be out for at least four weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. The rookie has played 29 games this year, making 11 starts.
Brown will join Lou Williams (hamstring strain) on the sideline for Sunday's matchup against a 55-5 Golden State team that has steamrolled nearly every opponent in its path, healthy or not.
Plus, Los Angeles could be without its top two scorers, as Kobe Bryant (sore shoulder) and Jordan Clarkson (Patellar strain) could miss their second straight game.
Clarkson practiced in full on Saturday, but head coach Byron Scott maintained that his ailment is probably a bit more bothersome that he's letting on.
“He said he feels great; I think he’s lying to me,” Scott said. “But other than that, I like what I saw today better than what I saw yesterday.”
Meanwhile, Scott hadn't yet spoken to Bryant, who has played a single quarter of L.A.'s last four games.
“This is one of those games — nationally televised, last time against the Warriors — my gut would tell me that it’s probably 50-50,” Scott said. “But I do want to talk to him today and see how he feels.”
Considering all of the Lakers' injuries, the team is down to three healthy guards and wings: D'Angelo Russell, Marcelo Huertas and Nick Young.
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