Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SACRAMENTO – As he took countless jump shots around the perimeter, Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. did more than show off his latest efforts to expand his game. His work during morning shootaround on Thursday also revealed Nance’s hope to play when the Lakers (4-4) play the Sacramento Kings (4-5) Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center.The Lakers are officially listing Nance as questionable after suffering a concussion this week that left him out of Tuesday’s loss against Dallas. Still, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he feels “hopeful” Nance will return against the Kings. “He’s good,” Walton said. “He has one more part of the test to pass.”Walton said he did not know what the latest test entails. The Lakers have not offered specifics, either. But according to the NBA concussion protocol, players have to complete stationary bike, jogging, running and agility drills without any symptoms before advancing to non-contact and contract work with the team. Based on that criteria, it appears Nance has completed the bike, jogging, running and agility drills without showing symptoms. Team doctors will reevaluate Nance before tonight’s game. He has averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 minutes while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in 20 minutes as a reserve. If cleared to play, Walton said Nance will not have a minute restriction since his return hinges on not having any symptoms. Meanwhile, Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac has been on the inactive roster in recent days because of a sore back.
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