Bazemore to undergo MRI on Monday

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kent Bazemore exited the first half of Sunday's 120-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers because of a right foot injury and did not return.

X-Rays on Bazemore's foot taken at the arena were negative, however the Lakers are classifying the injury as a right foot sprain and Bazemore will undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Bazemore fell to the floor with 10:03 left in the second quarter. It was a non-contact injury. Aftrer a timeout, Bazemore had to be helped off the floor by teammates Robert Sacre and Jodie Meeks and made his way to the locker room with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.

"I felt a little pop in it," Bazemore said after the game, noting that he felt a similar sensation when he fractured his left foot before his senior year in college at Old Dominion. "The pop was pretty familiar."

Bazemore had to have a permanent screw placed in his left foot for that injury.

"I was like shocked," Bazemore said. "Like, 'Oh no, not again.' So I just fell and cried a little bit."

The 24-year old, who will become a free agent this summer, said he planned to finish out the Lakers' remaining five games of the season if his MRI comes back clear.

"I'm not in a position where I can afford to miss games," Bazemore said. "If I'm able to go, then you'll definitely see me out there."

Acquired at the trade deadline from Golden State for Steve Blake, Bazemore has averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 22 games with the Lakers. He had two points and four assists in 12 minutes on Sunday, filling in at backup point guard.

"It was bothering him a little bit before the game," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He called it a twinge or something and got a little scared on it.

"Hopefully it's not bad and hopefully he can get back Tuesday."

Bazemore says he believes the injury was caused by his sudden spike in playing time after rarely getting on the court with the Warriors.

"It's an overuse injury," Bazemore said. "From going playing six minutes to 35 minutes (per game). It's no one's fault. It's just the penalty for working hard, playing a lot of minutes. It just happens."

With Bazemore's injury, the Lakers were down to only eight healthy against the Clippers as Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry all did not dress for the game.

That number dwindled to seven when Nick Young left with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter after twisting his left knee late in the third period. Young previously missed 16 games because of a non-displaced fracture and bone bruise in the knee.

Young said he will get treatment on his knee Monday and finish out the rest of the season.

"It is what it is, I'm still trying to play to the end," Young said.