The Los Angeles Lakers have been torn apart by injuries this season. In addition to Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers will be without backup forward Jordan Hill on Friday night due to back spasms.
According to a tweet from Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Hill continues to be bothered by spasms that kept him from playing in the second half of Thursday's game in New York. The fourth-year big man has played the entire season with a herniated disk in his back, and it appears this could be an injury that continues to plague him throughout the year. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, though, the two injuries are not related.
Hill is averaging 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game thus far in 2012.
Despite all of Los Angeles' recent struggles, they should have their way against the last-place Wizards, even with a short bench. Washington features the worst record in the NBA, and they do not match up well against Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.