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Lakers (33-11) at Wizards (14-29)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood

Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

Line: Lakers by 9

Flip Saunders gave his players the morning off, believing that they need some rest after a schedule that has seen them play every other day for five consecutive games. "I think we needed the rest," Saunders said, adding that several of his players are hurting, including Antawn Jamison (foot sprain) and Earl Boykins (left heel). "We had a lot of guys that were banged up. we haven't had a day off where guys could sleep in."

Jamison gave a thumbs up signal that he would be good to go on Tuesday.

Saunders commented for the first time since Javaris Crittenton was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation on Monday. Crittenton, along with his attorney, Peter White, and union executive director Billy Hunter, met with Commissioner David Stern at the league office on Tuesday.

"It's closed. The sooner we can get that behind us. And now, the next thing is we need to see the next thing that happens with the league situation," Saunders said. "I know both of those guys will be up there this week. I think right now, the whole situation, we're all pretty much numb to the whole thing right now. I think we understand it is what it is. We knew when it got to the point that it got to, nothing good was going to come out of it."

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
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i'm dreading heading over to VC, this is going to be UGLY.

good work starting Deshawn again Flip, who needs points anyway? Our 3 vs 5 offense lineup should easily keep pace with one of the league's highest scoring teams.

Posted by: divi3 | January 26, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling the last few games that Flip is thinking about benching DS and then he sees our sked and that we are playing against a beast SG, so he always wants to go with DS for defense. Sure enough 5-8min in we are down by double figures and he has to go to the bench. Most of the time we then come back and Im pretty sure Flip will change the lineup for the 2nd half. Sure enough again Flip comes back with DS and we quickly go down by double figures in the 3rd before he goes to the bench.

Stop starting him Flip!!!!!!! Again, its not just his fault but he's bad most of the time and our chemistry just doesnt mix well with him. We cant start slow in the 1st & 3rd every single game. Thats where alot of games are won & lost. We cant keep playing from behind every game. I cant believe he isnt seeing this

Posted by: dlts20 | January 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

NY is inactive tonight.

I think Flip is deluded.

Posted by: elfreako | January 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Miller is starting for DeBrick at least.

Posted by: elfreako | January 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The crawl says we're up 6 to 2. This one's in the bag, huh?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

If Eearl Boykins has a bum heel then why isn't he inactive?

Can a 5 foot 5 inch gimpy point guard really help a team?

Posted by: elfreako | January 26, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

On a positive note, Earl Boykins got two points and four assists in just over twenty minutes.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 26, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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