Lakers close out 108-101 loss to Thunder with a small lineup

first_imgThe lineup for the final 5:08 featured three guards in Jeremy Lin, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington. Ryan Kelly played at power forward as a stretch four, while Jordan Hill assumed the traditional center position. “I thought at the end it was necessary,” Scott said, noting the Thunder’s smaller lineup. “I thought they played pretty well together.”The combination did not change the outcome. The Lakers outscored the Thunder 14-10 during that stretch. But the Lakers’ backcourt embraced the combination.“I’m being trusted with the ball, I’m being given those opportunities. I’m being given the minutes and the spacing and the style of play,” said Lin, who posted a team-leading 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and eight assists. “I prefer it this way rather than any other way, so I’m definitely thankful.”On whether he would close out games with this smaller lineup, Scott said it “depends on the situation with a team they have out there.” Yet, the Lakers’ backcourt believes that lineup can become effective with a larger sample size. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His name seems almost sacrilegious around here, Mike D’Antoni’s presence sparking negative reviews from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and plenty of Lakers fans. But D’Antoni’s offensive system revolutionized the game and elevated role players to unforeseen heights even if his two seasons with the Lakers ended with a 67-87 record. Hence, it seemed noteworthy that Lakers coach Byron Scott closed out the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center with a lineup that D’Antoni may have employed had not he not resigned last offseason.• PHOTOS: Even with 6 players in double-digits, Lakers lose to Thunder at Staples• MORE LAKERS: Little left in L.A.’s tank in loss to Oklahoma Citycenter_img “Defensively we can be more aggressive,” Clarkson said. “We can get into guys and spread the floor.” Injury updateLakers forward Nick Young missed his third consecutive game because of a swollen right knee. Young will travel for the Lakers’ three-game trip in Charlotte (Tuesday), Miami (Wednesday) and Memphis (Friday), but Scott sounded unsure if he would play in any of those games. “I’m hoping, but I’m not going to push it,” Scott said. “If he still has swelling in there and it’s sore, he’ll just wait.”Etc.Lakers forward Tarik Black missed his third consecutive game because of a coach’s decision. “He doesn’t need to do anything,” Scott said. “He’ll get back in.” Scott also said he currently plans to stick with the same starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against Charlotte as he has for the past four games. That includes Clarkson (point guard), Ellington (shooting guard), Kelly (small forward), Carlos Boozer (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center). Said Scott: “But that could change, obviously.” last_img

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