The Lakers slumped through a winless Week 9, including losses to the struggling Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers.
After the game, Coach Mike D'Antoni suggested that Lakers fans root for another team if they're discouraged by the team's inconsistency, given the voluminous injuries. He apologized for his comments the next day, and later joked that he got 'a bunch of coal' for Christmas.
The Lakers finally got a point guard back when Jordan Farmar returned from a hamstring injury to face the Miami Heat at Staples Center on Christmas.
Before the Christmas Day game, Kobe Bryant spoke about his knee injury, saying he'll be back with more focus than ever.
LeBron James said he doesn't doubt that Bryant can come back from anything.
Gasol's respiratory infection flared up again, keeping him out of the next two games, including the Lakers' visit to Utah.
The Sixers pulled away late to notch their second road win of the season, 111-104 -- the Lakers' fifth loss in a row.
Xavier Henry was lost in the first quarter with a strained right knee. He's scheduled to have an MRI scan on Monday.
Rookie Ryan Kelly has earned a role in the Lakers' rotation, which bodes well for the Duke forward as the Lakers' near the early January cut-down date.
Despite his injuries, Bryant leads the All-Star voting in the backcourt.