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The Lakers will be without many of their stars when they host Miami on Christmas afternoon.

December 21, 2013|By Ben Bolch
  • Chris Bosh drives through the Sacramento Kings porous defense Friday night en route to a 122-103 win. Bosh and the Heat will face Lakers, who are without Kobe Bryant, on Christmas Day.
Chris Bosh drives through the Sacramento Kings porous defense Friday night… (David Santiago / Associated…)

MIAMI AT LAKERS, 2 p.m. Wednesday. TV: Channel 7.

It was supposed to be LeBron James versus Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade versus Steve Nash. Now it's going to be the Heat versus "X," leading to some potential issues in the ABC promotions department. Injuries to Bryant, Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake have left the Lakers with a largely anonymous cast of leftovers featuring emergency point guard Xavier Henry. One story line hasn't disappeared: the tight-fitting, sleeved jerseys both teams will be wearing for the Christmas afternoon game. Comfort could be the Heat's biggest challenge.

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