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Luke Walton to miss tonight's Lakers game

April 27, 2009 | 12:08 pm

Walton Lakers forward Luke Walton has a partial tear of a ligament in his left ankle and will miss tonight’s Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Walton, 29, suffered the injury in the Lakers win Saturday night in Game 4 at Salt Lake City. An MRI exam this morning showed that Walton has a partial tear of the deltoid ligament, and he will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said.

Walton will have his injury re-evaluated in a week.

The Lakers lead the series, 3-1,  and can close out their first-round playoff series with the Jazz with a win tonight at Staples Center.

Go to for more information on Walton's injury.

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Lakers forward Luke Walton attempts to drive past Utah's Ronnie Brewster during a game on April 14. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times