Brown to miss another month

first_img“For us, we’re trying to get to that point as well, and for us to come into this building and come out of here with a `W,’ I think that would do wonders for our confidence.” If the Lakers can win tonight, they would keep alive their chances of a successful 6-2 trip. If they lose, they would have to win one of their final two games to head home with a 4-4 split. Jackson doesn’t like his memories of how the Lakers played the last time they faced the Pistons, either. They had few answers for the zone defense Detroit played for three-plus quarters in a 97-83 Pistons win on Nov. 10 at Staples Center. “Their zone, it was weak,” Jackson said. “That was probably the worst performance I’ve seen a Lakers team play in their building.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brown already has missed 18 games since he suffered the injury Dec. 31 against Philadelphia. The loss of Brown has forced 19-year-old Andrew Bynum into the starting lineup, a spot he will hold for the foreseeable future. The Lakers had hoped Brown might be able to return on this eight-game trip. The team has been burdened by injuries all season – Smush Parker is the only starter not to miss a game – and it is waiting for Luke Walton to return from a sprained ankle as well. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Lakers center Kwame Brown flew back to Los Angeles after seeing a specialist in Indianapolis for a second opinion on his severely sprained left ankle and is expected to be out at least another month. The Lakers said the doctor confirmed that Brown has a severe sprain and a bone bruise. They declined to set a timetable for his return, but a source said Brown was told he will be out another four to six weeks. center_img Before his team hit the road last week, Lakers coach Phil Jackson joked about still hearing the echoes of the Detroit fans who kept him awake at night during the 2004 NBA Finals. They stood atop the parking garage opposite Jackson’s hotel room and left his ears ringing at 2 a.m. with chants of “L.A. Sucks.” Little wonder that Jackson opted to spend an extra off night in Atlanta this week instead of the Detroit suburbs. The Lakers lost all three games of those Finals on the road and have not won at the Palace of Auburn Hills since Jan. 8, 2002, a span of seven games that has led to more than a few nights of lost sleep. Maybe it’s only fitting that the arena will be the site for the pivotal game tonight on the Lakers’ longest trip since December 1989. “I think a win here would be big for us just from a confidence perspective,” Kobe Bryant said, “because Detroit is such an experienced team, extremely savvy and they play well together. last_img