Despite performing pre-game exercises an hour leading into the Lakers’ game tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lakers reserve point guard Chris Duhon will sit out because of persisting back spasms.
“I could if I needed to,” Duhon said. “But it’s in the best interest to take a couple more days.”
Duhon said he will “definitely” play Friday when the Lakers meet the Clippers in a designated road game at Staples Center. Duhon said his back flaired up for the first time since having back surgery six years ago in the middle of Sunday’s practice. He sat out of the second half of that session and all of Monday’s practice. Since then, Duhon has iced his back, stretched his hips and participated in core exercises.
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 expressed in recent days he would keep second-year guard Darius Morris at starting shooting guard because of his speed and length. That means it’s possible Steve Nash will play extended minutes.
“I’m not limited,” Duhon said. “If this was a playoff game, I definitely would be playing. But I’m just trying to get as healthy as possible.”
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