Chris Duhon (back spasms) will not play tonight. Darius Morris will start at SG, but will likely play backup PG, & defend Holiday anyway.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 2, 2013
Duhon is averaging 4.1 points and 3.7 assists in 22.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range.
According to the L.A. Times, Duhon has missed the last few days of practice with back spasms and the team ruled him out just a little before tip-off on Tuesday night.
Duhon had surgery to remove a herniated disc from his back about six years ago. He told the Times that his back hasn't flared up since. The Lakers' next game is on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Duhon expects to feel better by then.
"If this was like a playoff game, I definitely would be playing," he said. "I'll probably just sit this one and definitely be ready by Friday."
Darius Morris is expected to get the minutes at point guard during the game when Steve Nash rests.