Jordan Hill charged with assault, expects to play Tuesday

Sunday, Jordan Hill put in a great performance in his postseason debut, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in L.A.'s 103-88 win over Denver.

On Monday, a promising beginning may have been derailed.

Hill has been charged with choking a family member in an incident on February 29th, while still a member of the Houston Rockets. A warrant for his arrest will be issued, and Hill will have to return to Houston to face the charge -- third degree felony assault on a family member. According to the Houston district attorney's office, Hill faces a sentence of two to 10 years, and a $10,000 fine.

Hill posted two posts on his Twitter feed this morning, "Wowwwww," and "Unbelievable!!!!!!!!"

Obviously this has very serious implications, first for Hill -- this is a serious charge with real prison time potentially attached.

UPDATE (2:15 pm PT)- Hill issued the following statement Monday:

"I'm saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today. At this time, i cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all of the facts and evidence and I plan to cooperate completely with the authorities.

"I'd like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans or the untimeliness of these accusations. I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship."

UPDATE (3:10 pm PT) - Speaking to the media directly, Hill said he didn't anticipate missing any games. Mike Brown said as well, based on his understanding Hill should be available.

Here is Hill's brief time with the media Monday:

For the Lakers, who are heading into Game 2 Tuesday night at Staples, there is the question of possibly playing without Hill. Given that he'll have to make an appearance in Texas in the very near future it's certainly possible Hill won't be available. (The Lakers, presumably, could keep him out of the lineup even if he is, from a legal standpoint, able to play.)

Should that be the case, the Lakers would almost certainly turn to Josh McRoberts as the first big off the bench. Like Hill, McRoberts brings a great deal of energy and effort to the floor, but he has not produced the same level of success as either a rebounder or scorer in the paint as Hill did against Oklahoma City last Sunday and Denver yesterday. Nor is McRoberts' athleticism on pick-and-roll coverages quite as strong.

The Lakers are practicing this afternoon in El Segundo, after which more information about Hill's status -- big picture and small -- will likely become available.