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Lakers news: Larry Nance Jr. expected to play Sunday against Mavericks

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LOS ANGELES – The wait is finally over for Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. as he’s set to return from a bone bruise in his left knee on Sunday against Dallas Mavericks, according to LA Daily News’ Mark Medina.

Nance had participated fully in practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury on Dec. 2 against the Toronto Raptors. He had also stated that he felt that he is no longer hindered in fashion by the injury that has forced him to miss the last few weeks. 

Prior to the injury, Nance was off to a strong start to his second campaign off the bench averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 58.4 percent from the field. He had notched double-figure scoring nine times with two double-doubles, led the team in blocks on 10 occasions, and registered a career-high six steals against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 1. 
 
In his absence, head coach Luke Walton had elected to turn to Thomas Robinson and most recently rookie Ivica Zubac to fill his void in the second unit. Zubac had the best performance of his brief NBA career in Tuesday’s 127-121 loss to the Denver Nuggets posting his first double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. 
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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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