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Lakers need DJ Mbenga

March 10, 2009 |  5:24 pm

Lakers DJ Mbenga grabs a rebound from Nuggets Eduardo Najera during last year's NBA Palyoffs. Since the Lakers traded away backup center Chris Mihm to the Memphis Grizzlies, reserve center DJ Mbenga has actually played well.

Mbenga has made nine of his 14 shots over a three-game span and  has scored a career-high 10 points during that time. He had a career-high four assists Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

With Lamar Odom being suspended Tuesday for one game by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation during Monday night's game in Portland, Mbenga will be counted on to play some big minutes Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets.

At 7-0, 255-pounds, he has the size and strength to help out some.

--Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers' DJ Mbenga grabs a rebound from the Nuggets' Eduardo Najera during last year's NBA Playoffs. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times