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Dave McMenamin: Xavier Henry's MRI showed a bone bruise in his R knee, according to a league source. He'll be sidelined 7-10 days, then re-evaluated. Twitter @mcten

Four players are signed to nonguaranteed contracts: Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and recent acquisition Kendall Marshall. The Lakers have until Jan. 7 to decide which players they want to keep the rest of the season. The deadline is officially Jan. 10, but each player needs 48 hours to clear the NBA's waiver process. Henry was signed over the summer for $916,099 and has proved to be one of the team's best off-season acquisitions. Los Angeles Times

In Sunday night's 111-104 loss to the 76ers, Marshall helped spark an early fourth-quarter rally, finishing with eight points, three assists and two rebounds — all season highs. If Marshall lasts beyond the January deadline, his $547,570 for the current season will lock in. With all 15 players, the Lakers' team salary for the season is $91.4 million, including $12 million in luxury tax penalties. Los Angeles Times

Lakers guard Xavier Henry suffered a strained right knee late in the first quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and did not return. Henry is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the knee Monday. Henry went 0-for-2 shooting with one rebound in five minutes before exiting the game with 1:14 to go in the first quarter. He immediately went to the locker room with longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti for further evaluation. ESPN.com

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After the Memphis Grizzlies traded him to the former Hornets in 2011, Henry became sidelined for 37 games because of torn ligaments in his right ankle. Last season, Henry missed 32 games mainly because the Hornets coaching staff saw him struggling with establishing any niche. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, both Henry and New Orleans coach Monty Williams pointed the fingers at themselves. “I wasn’t completely on the same page as everybody,” Henry said. “we talked throughout the year about a lot of stuff. But I don’t blame [Williams] for anything last year.” “I’ll take responsibility for that,” Williams said. “There was a little bit of that and probably a lot of guys at that position.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Leading the Lakers’ version of the Island of Misfit Toys against the Clippers was a guy whose teammates don’t even know how to pronounce his name after spending more than a month together through training camp. “I don’t even worry about it,” Xavier Henry said after scoring a career high 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting and hauling in six rebounds. “A lot of them call me ‘X,’ ‘Zav,’ ‘Zay.’ They make it work. They know that I know when they’re calling me, so it doesn’t matter to me.” Oklahoman

Xavier Henry led all scorers with a career-high 22 points in the Lakers' win over the Clippers. It was the first time in his 134-game NBA career that Henry was the leading scorer in a game. ESPN.com

The Lakers aren't supposed to make the playoffs. The Clippers aren't supposed to be knocked out until at least the NBA Finals. Yet what ensued was so upside down, the Lakers' faces were filled with shocked joy and the Clippers couldn't even look up from the floor. "Man, that was fun," said Henry, a Memphis castoff who led the Lakers with 22 points, including a dozen in a fourth-quarter comeback engineered completely by the reserves. "We just want to prove everybody wrong." Los Angeles Times

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