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Lakers Forward Walton Ruled Out Of European Games

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Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 8, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 8, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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LONDON (AP) — Lakers forward Luke Walton will miss Los Angeles’ two preseason games in Europe after aggravating a strained hamstring in practice.

Team spokesman John Black says that Walton’s right hamstring felt worse during Sunday’s practice session before the Lakers’ preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves in London on Monday.

Black says Walton will “definitely not play” against Minnesota or against Barcelona in Spain on Thursday. Walton, limited by a back injury for much of last season, will be evaluated after the team returns to Los Angeles.

“We’ll just have to hold on and see how he goes,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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