The Los Angeles Lakers have diagnosed power forward Jordan Hill with a right knee bone bruise after he underwent an MRI Monday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. Hill missed the team flight to Dallas but will travel via commercial flight and is expected to play Tuesday against the Mavericks.
Hill is averaging 14 minutes per game along wtih 6.3 points and six rebounds. His role in the Lakers' rotation has been an area Mike D'Antoni has told reporters he continues to work with, but this could be another nagging injury for Hill.
He grabbed a key offensive rebound in the Lakers' fourth quarter victory Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, leading D'Antoni to say this after the game:
D'Antoni on the crunch time lineup: "Jordan gives us that extra rebounding so that might be the way we go"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 4, 2013
Hill played in just 29 games during the 2012-2013 season, missing extended time after tearing a hip flexor. He has proven to be an injury prone player throughout his career, playing more than 50 games once since being drafted in 2009.