Lakers' Jordan Hill probable Thursday; Ronnie Price undergoes MRI

Lakers' Jordan Hill probable Thursday; Ronnie Price undergoes MRI
Lakers center Jordan Hill puts up a shot during a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on Nov. 26. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The injured-plagued Lakers seemingly got some good news Wednesday. Starting center Jordan Hill's left knee didn't swell significantly after he hyperextended it Tuesday night in a 78-75 loss to the Miami Heat.

"I'm good to go," Hills said Wednesday, adding he was still sore but didn't need an MRI. "I stepped on, I think it was [Hassan] Whiteside's foot.

"Right now I'm on pace to play tomorrow."

The Lakers host the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Lakers may not have gotten through the night unscathed.

Along with Kobe Bryant (rest) and Hill, Ronnie Price skipped practice to undergo an MRI on his right elbow.

Price's MRI came back clean. The Lakers expect him to start Thursday night.

"Once he gets back over here, I'm sure [trainer] Gary Vitti will give me an update on him as well," Coach Byron Scott said of Price.

The nature of the injury isn't clear yet, but Scott said it had been "bothering" Price. The veteran point guard was also hit in the face, a concern given he's playing with a recently broken nose.

If Price was unable to play, Jeremy Lin would presumably have stepped into the starting lineup. On Tuesday night, Scott wouldn't say who would start at center if Hill was unavailable.

The Lakers expect to have Bryant available against Cleveland; sitting out practices have essentially become the norm for the 36-year-old guard.

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