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Chris Paul expected to play against Lakers

January 25, 2012 |  7:15 pm

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Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he “expects” Chris Paul to start Wednesday night against the Lakers in their designated home game at Staples Center.

Paul had missed the last five games because of a strained left hamstring.

Del Negro said he didn’t know how many minutes Paul would play.

“I kind of have it in my mind a little bit,” Del Negro said. “But I want to see how he feels after I sit down and talk to him a little bit.”

Del Negro said Paul was “a little bit more sore than he had been in the past” after Tuesday’s practice.

But Del Negro said Paul worked out at the team’s shoot-around Wednesday morning and before the game.

“But, I expect him to play,” Del Negro said. “How many minutes? I don’t know.”

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Photo: Clippers guard Chris Paul. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

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