Trevor Ariza Injury Update: Return Unclear

Ryan WardCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2009

Just when the Lakers seemed to be hitting their stride with the big three in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum playing well all at the right time, and the bench finally healthy, the Lakers get hit with another big blow to the bench and the defense with a concussion suffered by Trevor Ariza.

This season, Ariza has cemented his defensive presence by smothering the opposing teams guards. He is a tireless defender, a good three-point shooter and an exciting high flyer that always seems to be on the end of Jordan Farmar's lobs.

In the second quarter of the Lakers disappointing and surprising loss to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, the Lakers' defensive stopper Trevor Ariza sustained a concussion which kept him out the rest of the game.

At first the injury didn't seem all that bad, but Ariza still feels "slightly impaired" and it remains unclear when he will be able to return to the floor. Ariza will see a doctor on Thursday and results will determine whether or not he will go with the team on the their road trip.