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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers were once again without at least two starters – and a few other players – for an exhibition Sunday, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-97, at Crypto.com Arena.

LeBron James and Austin Reaves sat for the third time in five preseason games as part of their ramp-up plans for the regular season.

They’ll likely play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Phoenix Suns at Acrisure Arena in Thousand Palms, giving the Lakers a “test run” ahead of their Oct. 24 regular-season opener against the Denver Nuggets.

Anthony Davis (16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 19 minutes) and D’Angelo Russell (11 points in 19 minutes) were the two known starters who played but were limited to first-half minutes.

Taurean Prince, a candidate for the fifth starting spot, was in the starting unit for the third time in the preseason, scoring eight points (2 for 5 from 3-point range) in 15 first-half minutes.

Cam Reddish returned to the court after missing three consecutive games because of right ankle soreness. He finished with 10 points (4-of-11 shooting, 2 for 5 from 3-point range) and five rebounds in 21 minutes.

“Cam looked great,” Coach Darvin Ham said. “He’s out there gassed a little bit, which is to be expected. But he’s another high-level, skilled player. Can shoot it, can guard. Really competes on the defensive side of the ball. Able to handle, get downhill, finish. It was good to see him out there giving contributions. Look forward to seeing more of him.”

Max Christie (10 points, four rebounds) also scored in double figures.

Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel soreness), Gabe Vincent (lower back soreness)) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right knee contusion) also missed Sunday’s game.

Vincent sitting out the last two games has been designated as precautionary. Ham said Hood-Schifino bumped knees during Friday’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors and the team wants to “evaluate it some more and make sure we know what we’re dealing with.”

The absence was the fourth consecutive missed game for Vanderbilt, who will be reevaluated on Friday and is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Suns.

It’s unknown whether he’ll be available for the regular-season opener.

“We’ll see,” Ham responded when asked whether Vanderbilt will be available against the Nuggets. “Once he gets reevaluated on Friday, we’ll go from there.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, the seven-time All-Star guard the Bucks acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers on Sept. 27, made their preseason debuts against the Lakers.

Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 15 first-half minutes. Lillard finished with 14 points, three assists and three steals in 22 minutes.

“It’s a hell of a combo, hell of a one-two punch,” Ham said. “Just Dame with the ball, Giannis as a screener. Or even Dame as a screener and Giannis with the ball. It’s not going to be any fun for anybody. Best of luck to everybody else, the other 28 teams, aside from ourselves that have to figure out a way to try to stop that. I’m just happy we only see them twice in the regular season.”

After playing every other day for over a week, the Lakers will have three days in between games to close out their exhibition slate.

The matchup against the Suns should give clarity to what their rotation will look like to start the season.

“We got a few days in between now and then as we build up toward it,” Ham said. “Obviously, it’ll be a little bit of a test run for us to see what our normal rotation looks like – looks like that being the last preseason game of the preseason. For three quarters, we’ll see what we look like. And again, in between time, try to get better at different things.”

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