After a gritty victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, the Lakers convened at their practice facility in El Segundo on Saturday to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Clippers.
Steve Nash did not practice, and Mike D’Antoni said that Nash was not entirely ruled out, but doubtful was the current sentiment held by the coach. T
he Lakers coach said that Nash would probably try to warm up on Sunday, but D’Antoni was “shooting for Tuesday.”
Continuing the injury theme of Lakers practice, Metta World Peace came storming out of the practice facility before the media was allowed in. When asked if he was running, World Peace responded, “Shooting.”
When asked about World Peace, D’Antoni said that World Peace was four to six weeks away. When reminded that the initial report was that World Peace would miss a minimum of six weeks, D’Antoni smiled and said, “Well, now it’s four to six.”
To round off the injury theme of Saturday’s practice, Jordan Hill came out and did some simple shooting drills before the media was kindly asked to leave the practice facility. Hill is still not expected to be ready to play anytime soon, and his timeline is a possible return in May, but even that is not likely.
In other practice news, Kobe Bryant did practice.
Other than that, D’Antoni and Dwight Howard both downplayed the Lakers and Clippers rivalry.
When asked if anything was different about Sunday’s game, Howard responded with an expressionless glance.