Lakers C Timofey Mozgov doubtful vs. Warriors on Friday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After team doctors diagnosed Lakers center Timofey Mozgov on Thursday with a soft tissue contusion around his left eye, the Lakers (2-3) have listed him as doubtful for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (3-1) at Staples Center.Mozgov was told Thursday tests turned out negative for any fracture and a concussion. He missed Wednesday’s win in Atlanta after the results of a CT scan were considered inconclusive.The 7-foot-1 Russian was poked in his left eye and suffered a laceration in his mouth during Tuesday’s loss in Indiana.Pacers guard Jeff Teague struck Mozgov’s mouth inadvertently with his elbow with 9:44 left in the third quarter, resulting in Mozgov receiving four stitches to close a gap on his lip. Mozgov returned with 3:59 left in the quarter, only for Indiana forward Lavoy Allen to poke him in his left eye accidentally as he fouled him. Mozgov left the game with 2:36 left in the third period.Mozgov attended the Lakers’ game in Atlanta in street clothes and wore glasses to protect his swollen left eye.Mozgov, who the Lakers signed last summer to a four-year, $64 million deal, has averaged 8.5 points and 6.0 reboundsLakers rookie center Ivica Zubac started in place of Mozgov against Atlanta and matched up with former Lakers center Dwight Howard. Zubac had six points on three-of-three shooting, though he also collected four fouls.last_img read more