Lineup Changes for the Lakers
Coach Mike D’Antoni used (Pau) Gasol’s return as an opportunity to experiment with the team’s rotation. Devin Ebanks started the game at small forward but played just under five minutes, missing three of four shots.
That put Metta World Peace on the bench, in two roles. D’Antoni wants World Peace to not only play small forward but also be Gasol’s primary backup at the four.
That meant no minutes for Antawn Jamison, whose play has declined in recent games. Jamison has struggled to be a factor defensively. If he’s also not bringing an offensive punch to help spread the floor, Jamison is going to continue to see his role further diminished.