Fresh off their Tuesday loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers (30-31) visit the New Orleans Hornets (21-40) on Wednesday night.
The Hornets are not a good basketball team -- currently in 14th place in the Western Conference and 25th overall -- but they won't be a pushover. Over their past 14 games at home, they have won eight.
The Lakers leave Oklahoma City with Kobe Bryant dealing with an elbow injury (ulnar nerve contusion), Metta World Peace with a sprained ankle and Dwight Howard with a minor re-aggravation of his shoulder injury (torn labrum).
Against the younger, fresh legs of the Hornets, the banged-up Lakers may face a challenge.
After missing about half of the season, Eric Gordon is the Hornets' leading scorer at 16.8 points a game.
In a losing Jan. 29 effort against the Lakers at Staples Center, Gordon scored 25 points on just 12 shot attempts -- making six of eight from three-point range.