Well, it's not the injured player that they'd really like to have back, but it's someone.
It's actually something that could really help the Lakers, though. Hill is an active, energetic player on the inside and someone that could help solidify their very weak second unit. After Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, the Lakers don't have much quality depth at forward, so Hill could be useful maintaining some size against the Spurs.
The Spurs often play small, or quasi-small with either Matt Bonner or DeJuan Blair at power forward, so the added size inside for Los Angeles would be nice. Behind Gasol and Howard, the Lakers really don't have anyone with size, other than Robert Sacre, and we all know Mike D'Antoni is not going to play Sacre in the playoffs. The Lakers have been mostly trying to survive with Antawn Jamsion and Earl Clark playing out of position at power forward and shuffling his rotation to keep either Gasol or Howard on the floor.
So having Hill might not seem like the biggest boost, but it's certainly something. And for the Lakers, anything helps at this point.
Hill, 25, appeared in 29 games for the Lakers this season averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.