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Preview: Lakers host San Antonio Spurs in return from All-Star break

Preview: Lakers host San Antonio Spurs in return from All-Star break

The Lakers (11-44) return to play on Friday night after a lengthy All-Star break by hosting the San Antonio Spurs (45-9).

San Antonio visited the Clippers (36-18) on Thursday night, falling 105-86 while playing without All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard, struggling with a calf issue, is also out Friday, as are  Manu Ginobili (groin) and Matt Bonner (calf).

The Lakers are relatively healthy, expecting rookie Larry Nance Jr. to play after sitting a few weeks because of a knee injury.  Fellow rookie Anthony Brown is a game-time decision with a mild ankle sprain.

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