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Lakers to get frontcourt help in new year

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers will get some help in the frontcourt in 2015.

Forward Ryan Kelly, who has been sidelined since Nov. 16 with a torn right hamstring, went through a full practice on Wednesday, and forward Tarik Black, who was claimed off waivers from the Houston Rockets on Sunday, went through his first full practice with the team.

Both players are expected to be available when the Lakers play the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

“The hamstring hasn't had any problems, I've given it plenty of time and I’m ready to roll,” Kelly said. “There’s nothing holding me back. I just have to get out there and play. We’ll figure out what role I’ll have but I think I’ll be ready for Friday.”

Kelly has played in only three games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Black, who played in 25 games for Houston with averages of 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, said he is still getting used to the Lakers' system but worked after practice with assistant coaches Mark Madsen and Paul Pressey and head coach Byron Scott.

“The biggest thing I picked up on was the offense,” Black said. “The different play calls and different terminology that the coaches use. It’s a little different from where I came from but I’m picking up on it pretty well.”

Forward Ed Davis, who broke his nose at the end of Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, missed Wednesday’s practice to see a doctor but said he hopes to play Friday with a mask on.

“I’m going to practice in the mask tomorrow and in the game on Friday but if I miss a couple of shots I’m going to take it off,” said Davis, who was sporting a large bandage on his nose. “I’m just getting a basic mask. Hopefully I just don’t get hit on it.”

Kobe Bryant, who recorded a triple-double in Tuesday’s win over Denver, was given the day off by Scott but is expected to back on Thursday and start Friday’s game.