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Lakers Chat: Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns

February 17, 2012 |  7:31 pm

For all the fun surrounding the Lakers-Suns game, join the chat below the jump.

But for now, here are a few notes from Mike Brown's pre-game press conference:

--Lakers guard Derek Fisher will play tonight despite missing Thursday's practice from a sinus infection. Though Brown said Fisher won't face any limitations, the Lakers' starting point guard has seen a drop-off in his playing time at 22.4 minutes per game. That's a drastic drop-off from his season-average of 25.7. 

--Brown said he's not worried about Kobe Bryant's drastic dropp from January to February in points per game (31.2, 24.5) and shooting percentage (45.5%, 37.1%) even though the minutes have remained similar (39.2, 39.1). Brown said "there always is a concerted effort to get the big guys the ball," before mentioning the constant double-teams opponents give Bryant, Gasol and Bynum in the post.

We'll talk about the above issues and the game itself in the chat box below.

--Mark Medina

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