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Lakers' Jeremy Lin plays against Phoenix Suns

Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin, who missed the last three games with sprained ankles, has played tonight against the Phoenix Suns at the Honda Center.

Lakers Coach Byron Scott said earlier that Lin would come off the bench and that Ronnie Price would continue to start in place of Steve Nash.

Lin hadn’t played for the Lakers since their second exhibition game, on Oct. 9 against the Golden State Warriors.

“He’s going to have to come in tonight and get his feet wet again,” Scott said. “And then we’ll go from there.”

Scott said Nash missed his third consecutive game because of a “tingly feeling” in his back that the 40-year-old has felt since pulling himself out of a game against Golden State on Oct. 12.

Nash played in just 15 games last season, missing most of them because of recurring nerve damage in his back.

The Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night in Ontario, but Scott wasn’t sure if Nash would play.

“He’s just not ready right now,” Scott said.

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Ed Davis has hit nearly all of his shots for Lakers in preseason

The Lakers brought in 6-foot-10 forward/center Ed Davis this offseason on a two-year minimum contract worth $2.1 million (with a player option on the second season).

Coming off the bench through four exhibition games, Davis has impressed -- hitting 15 shots from the field in 19 tries.

At 78.9%, Davis is leading the NBA in field goal percentage for players who have taken at least 19 attempts.

Coach Byron Scott has Davis playing behind starter Jordan Hill.  Scott recently noted that Davis will exclusively play center (and not power forward) for the foreseeable future.

Scott has platooned Davis with third-year center Robert Sacre, who is averaging 6.2 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 45.5% from the field in 16.2 minutes a game.

Davis is averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.  The 25-year old is also leading the Lakers with 1.8 blocks a game.

In a starting role, Hill has put up respectable numbers at 8.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes a game, while shooting...

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Lakers waive Jeremy Tyler, Keith Appling

On Monday, the Lakers waived forward/center Jeremy Tyler and point guard Keith Appling.

Tyler, a three-year veteran, made three preseason appearances with the team, averaging 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 9.3 minutes.  He originally signed with the Lakers for $948,163. 

Rookie Appling suffered a shoulder subluxation in his second exhibition game with the Lakers. Last week he received a platelet-rich plasma injection for treatment, but has been unable to play since the injury.

Appling was under contract for $507,336.  In two games, he averaged just a point and an assist.

The Lakers' roster is down to 17 players, with 13 guaranteed. Ronnie Price and Wayne Ellington need to make the regular season roster to have a portion of their minimum contracts locked in on Nov. 15.

The Lakers can keep up to 15 players -- at least two more will be cut.

Price has quickly become a valuable contributor for Coach Byron Scott, and appears to be a lock to make the team. Ellington has struggled to hit...

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Julius Randle excited, not frustrated despite slow preseason start

Rookie power forward Julius Randle gave arguably his best performance of the preseason on Sunday, helping the Lakers rally back from a 22-point deficit against the Utah Jazz while scoring eight points with five rebounds in just over 20 minutes.

"I thought Julius came in and played great in the second half," said Coach Byron Scott after the 98-81 victory. "His effort was great."

Scott has challenged Randle through the exhibition season -- playing him less than 11 minutes in the team's previous game against the Jazz -- while calling for a more consistent effort from the Kentucky product.

"His communication on the defensive end was much, much better," Scott said. "Offensively he was really good. He made some mistakes but it wasn't because of lack of effort, and that's the way he has to play.

"He has a world of talent, it's just a matter of him having that consistent effort every single night."

Randle said he isn't concerned about his uneven start with the Lakers.

"I'm not frustrated at...

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Lakers' week in review

The Lakers split a pair of preseason games against the Utah Jazz while trying to get healthy before the team's Oct. 28 regular season opener against the Houston Rockets.

After badly losing two straight to the Golden State Warriors last week, the Lakers looked overwhelmed.

Golden State projects to be a contender in the Western Conference, but were the Lakers just tired from a heavy workload in training camp or just terrible?

The Lakers didn't look any better in a poor exhibition, falling to the Jazz on Thursday, 119-186. The team's issues may be not be minor this season, but injuries certainly played a part.

Jeremy Lin, who could start at point guard for the team this season over the 40-year-old Steve Nash, sprained his ankle and wasn't available against Utah.

Nash has struggled with back, hamstring and knee injuries since joining the Lakers. After a strong training camp, Nash found back issues started to flare up again.

The veteran point guard hasn't played since last week, after...

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Five takeaways from Lakers' victory over Utah Jazz

The Lakers trailed the Utah Jazz by 22 points and another exhibition embarrassment was on the way. Or so it appeared. Instead, the Lakers started playing defense and took a 98-91 victory Sunday at Staples Center.

1. The Lakers had 17 steals against the Jazz, an incredible number for any game at any time. In fact, the Lakers forced 29 turnovers. Score one (finally) for Coach Byron Scott’s commitment to defense.

2. Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. As usual. Does anything ever change around here? There were doubts after he played only six games last season, and some may still exist, but he had 26 points in 32 minutes Sunday. If he shot better than seven for 22, Lakers fans would have been overjoyed. And also if this wasn’t merely, you know, exhibition season.

3. It looked as if rookie Julius Randle would have another quiet night after getting one of his shots swatted away forcefully by 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert. But he recovered and played his best exhibition so far — eight points, five rebounds and...

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