Friday, July 23, 2010

Lawson may sit out Saturday against Sparks

An ongoing knee injury may sideline Lawson for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Sparks (7 p.m., CSN), four days after she was forced to sit out the second half of an 82-74 overtime loss to New York.

Described by Lawson as a “wear and tear” issue, the injury kept the veteran guard from practice Friday. She said she’ll see how she feels in today’s pre-game shootaround before determining if she can play. If she’s healthy enough, she’ll start, Sun coach Mike Thibault said.

Lawson’s already played through a dislocated shoulder this season.

“You know if you can go or you can’t go,” Lawson said, adding her knee has improved every day since Tuesday’s game. “... I wish I had a concrete answer for you, but that’s the way my knee is. You can’t predict anything.”

If Lawson doesn’t play, she’ll join Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (arthroscopic knee surgery) on the inactive list for the Sun, who’ll be left with nine available players. Rookie Allison Hightower, never a point guard in her career, has played the position often in practice this week with good results, Thibault said.

“That’s the beauty of the game: You’re always thrown something that you weren’t expecting,” Lawson said. “You just have to look at the optimistic side of it ... and not, ‘Oh (shoot), we don’t have Nettie, we don’t have this.’ Look at it as an opportunity to get someone some experience."

Lawson said she'd rather be cautious with three games awaiting the Sun in less than a week.

"We have a lot of games in a short period of time so you want to be able to play, but you want to be able to play 12 more games ... not be all your eggs into (today’s) game and then you’re out for a couple games after that," she said. "It’s gotten better every day, so that’s a good sign."

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