Wesley Matthews Lakers
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Wesley Matthews will be a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers in the game against the Phoenix Suns, replacing Kyle Kuzma.

Kuzma is dealing with a back injury (lower back tightness) and has been ruled out for the contest.

As a result, Matthews will be in the starting lineup, alongside Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis.

Matthews and the Lakers want to return to the winning track, as they are fighting to avoid the play-in tournament.