In the wake of reports that Dwight Howard won't re-sign with the Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak says he remains optimisitic.
Los Angeles Lakers star center Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a sore right shoulder and will be listed as day to day.
Kobe Bryant said he was playing on one leg and told reporters in the locker room after Friday's game that he felt like his right foot was "about to fall off" during the game.
The Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets in seven games to advance to the second round to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Forwards Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy re-entered the Lakers' lineup at the same time Steve Blake will be out 3-4 weeks with a costochondral fracture.
All closers, even the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, need a night off now and then.
The Thunder are crashing the boards, which leads to opportunity.