Worthy, Scott unlikely to play tonight

June 12, 1991|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy said yesterday that he is not counting on two of his injured starters, forward James Worthy and guard Byron Scott, to play tonight in the fifth game of the NBA Finals, in which the Lakers must win or be eliminated.

Worthy sat out the final quarter of Game 4. His left ankle, which he sprained in the Western finals, has severely limited his mobility against the Bulls, particularly in making quick cuts to the basket and rebounding.

Scott jammed his shoulder in the fourth quarter Sunday after slipping to the floor. He has missed practice for the past two days.

"Just opening a refrigerator door causes me a lot of pain," said Scott, who was in a shooting slump (5-for-18) before his injury.

With point guard Magic Johnson taking a day's rest, Dunleavy, former NBA guard, suited up himself for his team's five-on-five scrimmage yesterday.

He plans to start Terry Teagle in Scott's backcourt spot, wit A.C. Green replacing Worthy at forward. In the first four games, the two key Laker reserves have combined for only 32 points on 7-for-33 shooting.

"In order to turn this around," said Dunleavy, "we've got to hav someone step up and be a hero. That hasn't happened so far."

* Magic mulling: Johnson knows he could be playing his las game of the season tonight. Could he also be playing the final game of his career?

Johnson said after practice that he would take three weeks off after the finals end to decide his future.

Asked whether he might retire this summer, he said: "It's definitely a possibility. I'm going to sit back and think about what I'm going to do. I may decide, 'Hey, man, I'm tired.' I'm going to play one or two more years at the most, anyway. I don't need the money."

* Born dreamer: Johnson said the 3-1 Chicago margin is quite different scenario from the one he envisioned for his confrontation with Michael Jordan. "I dreamed it would go seven games and, with five minutes left, me and Michael would get together and say, 'OK, the rest of you guys can sit down and watch.' We'd have the fans on their feet and go at it, one-on-one. Yeah, even without pay-per-view."

* Fair-weather fans: The Bulls, used to the mania of their fanatica Chicago supporters, are amazed to see Lakers fans leaving The Forum early in the fourth quarter with the game still in doubt.

"In Chicago, they stay because they never know what is going to happen down the stretch," said Jordan. "Out here, they give up a lot quicker. Laker fans have been spoiled, and it's our job to unspoil them."

Looking ahead: The Lakers will join three-time European Cup champion Pop 84 Split of Yugoslavia and two other European teams in the 1991 McDonald's Open in Paris Oct. 18-19.

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