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Lakers News: Gasol, Kaman To Start Tonight vs. Portland Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="128"] With Chris Kaman playing his best basketball of the season, Mike D'Antoni has decided to ride the hot hand, even with Pau Gasol set t [new_royalslider id="128"] With Chris Kaman playing his best basketball of the season, Mike D'Antoni has decided to ride the hot hand, even with Pau Gasol set t Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Gasol, Kaman To Start Tonight vs. Portland

With Chris Kaman playing his best basketball of the season, Mike D’Antoni has decided to ride the hot hand, even with Pau Gasol set to return.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Mike D’Antoni has decided to start Kaman and Gasol together in tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers:

This should definitely come as great news to both Kaman and Gasol. Kaman was the subject of great praise after his performance on Sunday against the Suns, and D’Antoni seemed more open to the idea of playing them together.

Gasol will also be excited to hear the news as he has openly asked to play more with Kaman during these last games of the season.

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D’Antoni has been extremely hesitant to play the two together as they have similar skill sets, especially on the offensive end where they both possess excellent post moves, and are good passers.

Instead, D’Antoni has tended to pair Gasol with defensive-minded bigs like Robert Sacre or Jordan Hill, or with a ‘stretch 4′ such as Ryan Kelly or Wesley Johnson, while Kaman was relegated to the bench.

With Kaman seemingly in the rotation for the time being, someone’s minutes are bound to drop. Sacre, Hill, and Kelly are all possibilities to see a reduction in their time on the court as D’Antoni experiences with a big lineup.

Kaman has earned his spot in the rotation due to his excellent play while Gasol was injured, now it is on him to make the best of this opportunity as the season winds down.
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  • AC52

    So when is Farmar returning??

  • Josh

    I think Pringles is April Fooling us. If he thinks Pau and CK are basically the same player–and they are–why doesn’t he just start Pau, and let CK back him up. Play Pau about 28-30 minutes, and give CK the other 18-20. Keep both guys fresh and feeling good, but able to showcase themselves enough to get their next contracts. Then rotate Chill, RKelly, and Sacre next to those two guys at about 16-20 minutes each.

    He acts like we’re all stupid for thinking it’s possible to satisfy everyone with significant playing time, but I don’t see what is so difficult about this, and he still doesn’t have to play Pau and CK together.

    As long as Pringles is the Lakers coach, I will continue to support and defend him against the stupidity I see thrown his way on this forum, but get it together, man!

    • Al Haldie

      The real story is PAU asked for this {but for what reason} its the system PHIL Jackson runs and he needs some playing time to get his game back at PF when he goes back with Phil , the coming season…

      • Josh

        It’s not the system Phil runs. He played two centers together at times out of necessity but hated playing Gasol and Bynum together. Also, the system in NY is not up to Phil; it will be up to the coach he hires and the personnel on the team. And Gasol is NOT going to New York. The Knicks can only bring him in if he agrees to a minimum contract, and he is not going to sign anywhere for less than $2 million a year for two years.

    • Al Haldie

      I agree that single center – one as starter the other off the bench – and they dont lose any time and have a strong center …

  • Zimmeredge

    Pau and Kaman starting together ? well done MDA nice april fools

  • http://growingforward.net Scott Asai

    MDA is such an idiot. He hates big men, yet that’s their best chance to win. Injuries have been an easy scapegoat for this loser. Even with a healthy roster he’s the worst coach in pro sports history.

    • hookedonnews

      Don’t you think that’s a bit of an exaggeration? How would you know what he could do with a healthy roster? He hasn’t had one since coming to LA. He did very well with a healthy roster in Phoenix. In fact they weren’t always that healthy if you know anything about those Suns teams. I think we’d all be happy with a 62 win season. D’Antoni doesn’t hate big men. What he doesn’t like is 2 slow big men on the court at the same time. He wants to spread the floor (like the Heat, the Spurs, etc.) He’s playing Kaman & Pau together tonight, so that should make you happy.

  • hookedonnews

    I’m surprised. If you want to know why Kaman hasn’t played listen to the D’Antoni interview after practice. He basically said that Pau gets 30 minutes. That leaves 18 minutes to divide between Sacre (young, developing player who needs work) and Kaman who said he didn’t want to play those kind of limited minutes.

    • Daryl Peek

      The scapegoat mongers don’t wanna hear that truth man. MDA blood is all they’ll respond to.

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