MINNEAPOLIS – The odds of the Lakers playing the rest of the season without forward Lamar Odom increased Monday when a second exam confirmed the original finding of a torn labrum in Odom’s left shoulder. A final decision on whether Odom will undergo season-ending surgery will be made in two to three weeks, with the Lakers holding out hope that Odom might be able to strengthen the shoulder enough to return for the playoffs. Odom’s promising season was derailed when he suffered a sprained knee ligament in December and was lost for 21 games. He was just returning to form following the injury when he suffered the torn labrum in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to Sacramento. Odom was averaging 16.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the team was moving forward with the expectation that Odom will not play again this season. Odom previously suffered a torn labrum in the same shoulder that required surgery and ended his 2004-05 season prematurely. “Every day’s like, `Whatcha got now in this game?’ ” Jackson said. “We have to find a way to play with the group of guys we have and win.” Jackson praised the play of forward Brian Cook (22 points, 14 rebounds) in Sunday’s loss to Phoenix and said he hoped the combined efforts of Cook and Maurice Evans would be enough to overcome Odom’s absence. The Lakers will head into the final 22 games of the regular season in a favorable position to make the playoffs even without Odom. They trail fifth-place Houston by 3 1/2 games in the standings but lead the Clippers and Denver by the identical margin. It has been a trying season for Odom, who questioned whether he even would return to basketball last summer following the death of his infant son. The Lakers also learned Monday that forward Luke Walton won’t join them on this four-game road trip. Walton saw foot specialist David Thordarson on Monday and still is not ready to return from his sprained right ankle. Walton, who has been out since Jan. 28, will be re-evaluated next week. A team spokesman said Walton presently is most bothered by a case of tendinitis in the ankle as opposed to the sprain itself.