Meeks, Farmar likely out through All-Star break

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers are riding a two-game winning streak thanks in part to the return of Steve Nash and Steve Blake. But they are still a ways away from being healthy.

Speaking to the media at practice on Saturday (you can watch the interview above), Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said that guards Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks will likely continue to sit out at least through the All-Star break, which is next weekend in New Orleans.

Meeks, the third-leading scorer on the team at 14.4 points per game, has been out since rolling his ankle on Feb. 4 at Minnesota. D'Antoni said Meeks will almost certainly not play before the All-Star break.

The coach, meanwhile, said he preferred to keep Farmar out during that time as well. D'Antoni noted, however, that the point guard, who has battled hamstring issues for much of the season, could play if the team came up short-handed with further injuries.

"If everyone is healthy and we can spare him (Farmar) we will try to," D'Antoni said.

The Lakers start a six-game homestand on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls, then play Utah on Tuesday and Oklahoma City on Thursday before the All-Star break.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said at practice on Saturday that he hopes to let injured guards Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks rest and recover through the All-Star break, provided the Lakers do not suffer further injuries.

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