Even if World Peace returns as planned, Lakers point guard Steve Nash is likely to miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury. The 39-year-old Nash missed nearly two months early in the season with a small fracture in his lower left leg.
Kobe Bryant has struggled with several injuries in recent weeks, missing two games and playing just one quarter in a third game because of a sprained left ankle. Pau Gasol, who missed time early this season with a concussion, returned from a seven-week absence with a right foot injury one game before World Peace hurt his knee in a loss at Golden State in late March.
Top bench scorer Antawn Jamison is playing with a sprained wrist, and All-Star center Dwight Howard hasn't been 100 percent healthy all season after summer back surgery. Backup point guard Steve Blake missed 37 games with an abdominal injury, and top backup big man Jordan Hill has been out since early January after surgery on his left hip.