Lakers spokesman John Black said Walton was expected to practice
Friday with the Lakers, who open their first-round, best-of-seven
playoff series in Phoenix on Sunday.
"He got popped in the face hard," Black said Thursday -- a day
after Walton was whacked in the first quarter of a 115-95
season-ending victory over New Orleans. "He'll probably be sore
for a few more days. But he'll be fine."
Walton was hospitalized during the game for a CT scan. The
results were negative.
Meanwhile, Black said that rookies Von Wafer and Devin Green
were the two players left off the Lakers' playoff roster, submitted
Thursday to the NBA. The 13 players on the roster are Kobe Bryant,
Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom, Walton, Sasha Vujacic, Aaron
McKie, Jim Jackson, Brian Cook, Chris Mihm, Devean George, Ronny
Turiaf and Andrew Bynum.