Xavier Henry (sore knee) out vs. Minnesota

March, 28, 2014
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Xavier Henry sat out against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday because of soreness in his right knee caused by a collision with a Milwaukee Bucks player in the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-105 loss Thursday.

Henry, who also had been playing with a torn ligament in his left wrist, previously missed 28 games from late December until early March because of a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus in his knee.

"He’s pretty sore today," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said before the Wolves game.

In Henry's first game back after hurting the wrist, the fourth-year swingman caught fire, scoring 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting against the New York Knicks.

D'Antoni was asked at shootaround Thursday before the Bucks game if the left wrist injury had affected the shot of Henry, who shoots with his left hand.

"It might have affected it … in a good way," D'Antoni said with a laugh. "Put it back together. We’re thinking about breaking a couple other guys’ wrists."

Henry didn't fare as well against Milwaukee. He tested out his wrist with an impressive left-handed hammer dunk along the baseline in the first half but ended up shooting just 2-for-8 overall and finished the fourth quarter on the bench.

"He didn’t play the last five or six minutes because I thought he was laboring a little bit," D'Antoni said. "It’s tough. He’s limping everywhere. He’s banged up, but he wants to play. We leave it up to him and [Lakers trainer] Gary [Vitti], obviously."

Henry is already planning for offseason surgery on his wrist and acknowledged to reporters earlier in the season that an additional procedure on his knee also is a strong possibility. Henry had his knee drained and received a cortisone shot in the joint back in February.

"Definitely, X has been battling through some stuff," D'Antoni said Thursday. "They’ve already told him three times he can shut it down and get it operated on right now, and he won’t do it. That’s pretty good for a 22-year-old, 23-year-old. He wants to play. To me, that makes coaching fun."

Following the Knicks game, Henry vowed to make it through the rest of the regular season.

"I wasn't going to quit on my guys," Henry said. "I love playing in this system, with this team, with our coaches, so I'm going to make it last as long as I can. I'm having fun and I'm going to continue to have fun. And as long as the pain is bearable, I'm out there."

Henry, who will become a free agent come July 1, is averaging career highs across the board this season with 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

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