The Los Angeles Lakers may be missing some of their starters in the preseason game against the Clippers, but they'll have Jordan Hill back.
Hill suffered from a herniated disk in his back early in the preseason and has been unable to play, but it's being reported that he's better and ready to play in the Wednesday matchup and in the last game of the season as well.
In his place, the Lakers have been giving rookie Robert Sacre quite the workout, which worked in his favor as he'll likely make the team now. Hill is probably going to be the Lakers 2nd string center, behind Dwight Howard, so it's good that he'll get some playing time before the season starts.
Last season, Hill made a good showing for the Lakers after they acquired him from Houston in the Derek Fisher trade. He's a big, athletic player who fits in well with the Lakers offense. He needs to work on his fundamentals a bit, but his defense is good and his offense is constantly improving.
So far, Hill has only played in one preseason game, where he got 10 points, 1 block, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. In contrast, Sacre has played an average of 24 minutes and scored 5.7 minutes, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and less than 1 assist. Granted he's a rookie, but in the backup battle, it's clear how valuable Hill is.
It will be good to see him back out on the court.