After missing the last two months due to a bone bruise in his right knee, Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry got his first piece of game action on Thursday as he played for the team’s D-league affiliate, the Los Angeles Defenders, according to Dave McMenamin for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
In the game, Henry scored 15 points with three rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes played. The 22-year-old initially suffered a bone bruise in his right knee in the first quarter of the contest on Dec. 27 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Henry took to Twitter to voice his excitement after playing in his first game in the past couple of months.
— Xavier Henry (@XavierHenry) February 28, 2014
It is another encouraging step forward for the three-year veteran after being cleared for basketball activities, but no full-court five-on-five drills last Friday by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo.
Henry’s recovery has been a difficult process as he has suffered two setbacks. The first occurred on Jan. 12 after an individual workout as he experienced swelling in his right knee that forced him to scale back his rehab to non-weight-bearing exercises for the next few days afterward.
The second happened just a day prior to the Lakers’ game on Jan. 26 against the New York Knicks, as the team determined that he would miss at least another 10-14 days because of the persistent swelling in his right knee and would need to undergo an MRI the following day.
So with Henry participating in an actual game it is another step closer to him returning to the Lakers, which could possibly come as soon as Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. But with that said, the most important factor right now will be how his knee responds tomorrow morning after playing his first game in two months.
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