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Positive developments on the injury front have made it possible the Lakers will have a full 12-man roster available for the start of the postseason. The club now expects starting forwards Karl Malone and Rick Fox and backup guard Derek Fisher to play Saturday night in the playoff opener against Houston.
With a new device to wear on his dislocated right thumb, Fox improved to the point that he's more assured of playing than fellow small forward Devean George, whose strained left calf kept him unable to raise up on his toes Thursday. But even if George misses the first two playoff games, he should be healed by Game 3 against Houston next Friday.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Wednesday all but ruled Fox out for the playoff opener, but he successfully practiced shooting and catching the ball with trainer Chip Schaefer using a less limiting splint on his thumb.
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