Matt Barnes cleared to return

Updated: April 28, 2012, 7:57 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers will be without their starting small forward Sunday when they open the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, but they will have their backup.

Matt Barnes, who missed the Lakers regular-season finale on Thursday after suffering a moderately sprained right ankle last week against Oklahoma City, has been cleared to return to the lineup, Lakers coach Mike Brown said Saturday.

"I'm going to play," Barnes said. "I'm going to play no matter ...

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