Magic forward Brandon Bass to play against Lakers

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says forward Brandon Bass won’t start

but is expected to play against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Magic’s frontcourt has been thin since Bass sprained his

left ankle in Orlando’s 100-97 loss at Memphis on Jan. 31. He has

missed the past six games. Orlando has gone 3-3 without him.

Van Gundy didn’t anticipate getting Bass back until after the

All-Star break, but said Sunday he had healed quicker than

expected.

Bass said he ”felt pretty good” after Saturday’s practice and

had been making progress daily. He says he hasn’t been wearing a

brace in practice, but has been using extra tape on his ankle.