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Lakers' Xavier Henry increases workout regimen, optimistic for return

Los Angeles LakersMark MadsenKobe BryantKendall MarshallSteve NashJodie Meeks

The Lakers desperately need some healthy guards. They might get one soon.

Versatile reserve Xavier Henry did some running, cutting and shooting Sunday and followed it up with several minutes of rotating one-on-one against player-development coaches Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis.

Henry has missed six games because of a bone bruise and what the Lakers initially feared was cartilage damage in his right knee. He will be evaluated again Monday.

"There's still some issues that only get better with time," Henry said. "I think I'm close to being back, and I'm not sure how long, but it's feeling better."

Henry said it was possible he would play Tuesday against Cleveland. He is averaging 10.1 points in 21.8 minutes and has started five games this season.

Henry’s return would be welcomed by the Lakers, who had two healthy guards -- Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks.

Henry smiled when asked about the outcome of the one-on-one games. Madsen was the winner.

"He hit a good jumper on me, so shout-out to Mark," he said.

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