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Report: Lakers’ Jordan Hill likely out 2 weeks with strained hip

Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Lakers

Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Lakers

Andrew D. Bernstein

Jordan Hill has been a (relatively small) bright spot in another dismal Lakers season, starting in all 48 of the team’s games thus far, and averaging a career-best 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in 28 minutes per contest.

But the injury bug continues to strike in Los Angeles, and Hill will be sidelined for at least the next few games.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Lakers forward Jordan Hill has a strained hip muscle and will likely miss two weeks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

And from Mike Trudell of

LAL doctors say Jordan Hill has a grade 1 hip flexor strain. He’s out Wed., and doubtful to play Fri. or Sun. but will rejoin the team.

Only three teams have a worse record than the Lakers at this point in the season: Minnesota, Philadelphia and the Knicks. The Timberwolves just got Ricky Rubio back, and New York has been playing somewhat inspired ball lately, winning five of its last seven contests.

We bring this up, of course, because the Lakers are simply playing for ping pong balls the rest of the season. While they (or any other team) won’t ever lose games intentionally, Hill missing a little time further diminishes L.A.'s chances of winning on a nightly basis, organically improving the team’s future Draft Lottery prospects in the process.