Chris Duhon a game-time decision vs. Philadelphia

Lakers reserve guard Chris Duhon will be a game-time decision in the team’s New Year’s Day game vs. Philadelphia because of back spasms.

He sat out of Monday’s practice in favor of receiving treatment and also missed the second half of Sunday’s practice once his back flared up.

Duhon, who has averaged 4.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting in 26 games, has mostly played the backup point guard spot while Steve Blake rehabs from a lower abdominal injury. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has paired second-year guard Darius Morris to accommodate his speed, 6’7″ frame and Steve Nash’s return.

Would Duhon’s possible absence spur D’Antoni to play Morris more minutes at the backup point guard spot?

“Not really, but it could,” D’Antoni said. “But look at him, [Darius] can play some minutes. He’s strong and he’s young.”

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