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Jordan Hill On Potentially Starting Against Rockets: ‘Anything Can Happen’

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NBA: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles LakersThe Los Angeles Lakers lost another game on the road on Tuesday with the Dallas Mavericks absolutely destroying Pau Gasol and company, 123-104.

With the Lakers being dismantled by a mediocre Mavs squad, head coach Mike D’Antoni will have quite a dilemma on his hands with the team staying in the state of Texas in order to face the Houston Rockets for the first time since Dwight Howard left Los Angeles on Thursday.

Heading into the matchup with the Rockets, D’Antoni may choose to mix it up once again with Hill potentially getting the start over Shawne Williams. Hill was asked about the potential of starting after the loss to the Mavs and said the following:

“Anything can happen, I just have to see what’s on his mind. See what he want’s to work with and just go from there.”

As one of the most consistent and energetic players off the bench for D’Antoni, it would make sense to give the 26-year-old a shot in the starting lineup going up against a frontcourt of Dwight and Omer Asik.

D’Antoni continues to experiment with this team and the rotation with so many new faces on the roster. One move that has clearly not worked out as planned has been Williams as the starting power forward. Both Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman have made a case to be the starter at the four spot, but neither has gotten the nod with five games in the books for the Lakers.

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  • Paytc

    Man lets keep it realer than real. The Rockets are at home and D12 is coming off a monster 29 pts 13 rebound road effort. We need some strength and size inside to not get bullied too much. Perhaps intentionally driving the ball at D12 to get him in early foul trouble could help? I am consistently talking about not having too much predictability in your coaching. Each game plan should be uniquely designed to fit the opponent your playing. How about scaling down the lineup a bit because it looks like we put 13 players on the court in Dallas? I know this is all a work in progress but lets not ruin the team’s confidence too early. Obviously we need help at the PG slot. Famar is our best option and he will need some help too,but for now he should start and carry the largest load.

    I want to keep it as positive as possible because this is still only game 5. We are still close to 500. If we can get things figured out a little and not fall below 500 when Kobe returns it should provide some much needed confidence and leadership. But as I have been saying even Kobe will need other players to be willing to “STEP UP “.

    I did not see the game. What is Gasol doing? Famar is the only PG capable of somewhat holding the fort down at the PG spot at this point. I think it will be tough to get road wins until a few “road dogs” “STEP UP “. Famar is the best chance we have to help identify the road dogs IMO.

    It’s an extra long shot but I’m still gonna be pulling for a Laker upset.

    Go Lakers !

  • Lakers4Life

    Experiments, experiments, experiments. All this after a full summer of getting the right pieces for Dumbtoni’s stupid system and a full training camp, a full pre-season and a few season games to go along with it. Dumbtoni is such an idiot and needs to be fired ASAP — let’s go Jeanie, pull the necessary strings in the FO to get this done ASAP! Lakers fans are looking forward to that happy day!

  • Jim213

    Athleticism will be required to defend against the Rockettes bigs. It either has to be Hill and Kaman or Gasol as they shouldn’t rely on Gasol and Kaman to get it done against DH who’s a rebound ball hog. Not worried about the 4 and the 5 more so than leaving the outside perimeter shooters open (no defense) who’ll likely be shooting as good as the Mavs did yesterday.

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  • Lakers Fan

    With our terrible defense, Harden will have a field day tomorrow night. We can not start Blake! We have got to play some defense. If we get down early, we will lose this game, especially with Pau playing the way that he has of late. I would love for the Lakers to win this game, but we need some consistency from Henry and the rest of these young cats. Our bench is better than theirs, we just need the starters to step up and put the ball in the hole while playing some defense. Pau has got to step up. I like that Nick Young has found his stroke with the second unit. But once again, this comes down to the contributions of the starters.

  • Gregory Choa

    I think MDA should start Wes Johnson at the 2 against Harden, in addition to inserting Jordan Hill into the starting lineup (in place of Shawne Williams). Wes is the team’s best shot at slowing down Harden. I also think it’s about time that Ryan Kelly gets some run ahead of Williams on the depth chart. If Jeremy Lin gets the start at PG, Nash should be OK, but if Beverley gets the nod…not so sure.
    When Kobe eventually returns, the rotations will settle down and the “identity” of this team will truly emerge. As I said on Suki’s “11 man rotation thread”, I ultimately think that the two players best suited to compliment and fortify the Lakers (sagging) starting unit with Kobe in the lineup are Jordan Hill at the 4 and Wes Johnson at the 3…or possibly Johnson as a slightly undersized 4 and Kaman at the 5 while shifting Pau over to the 4. I don’t want to marginalize what the Bench Mob has successfully been doing to impact games, but it’s clear to me that our starting unit just isn’t cutting it…which is a serious problem. Again, this should all change (for the better) when Kobe returns.

  • vdogg

    it’s great that the bench scores so much, but we have to adjust the starting line up. nash should sit until his is fully healthy. farmer should start, blake come off the bench. x man at the sg, johnson at the 3, kaman at the 4. then when kobe comes back, move x to the bench, deepening it more. wes johnson NEEDS to start.

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