December 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Xavier Henry (7) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala (9, center) and power forward David Lee (10) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Henry leaves Lakers-Sixers game with right knee injury

The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t going to be a particularly good team this season, what with Kobe Bryant’s recovery from last spring’s Achilles tear, and the rest of the roster simply not being up to par.

But the rash of injuries that have hit the 2013-14 edition of the Lakers certainly hasn’t helped matters. Already without Steve Blake and Steve Nash in the back court for the long term and without Pau Gasol in tonight’s day do to an infection, the Lakers saw guard Xavier Henry go down on Sunday night with what the team is terming a “right knee sprain”. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

While we can’t jump to conclusions, it’s never a good thing to hear the dreaded “knee sprain” diagnosis mid-game after a player goes down. Here’s hoping that Henry’s injury is indeed just that — a sprain, and he’ll be back on the court in no time. Meanwhile, the Lakers may end up giving his minutes to former Phoenix Suns first round draft pick and recent D-League pick-up Kendall Marshall. It’ll be interesting to see how the Lakers continue to weather the storm of this season, but the injuries are making the squad nearly un-watchable from a talent and cohesion standpoint.

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