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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill To Start Against Pelicans Reviewed by Momizat on . After two straight embarrassing losses, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni hinted at yesterday's practice that changes to the starting lineup were a de After two straight embarrassing losses, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni hinted at yesterday's practice that changes to the starting lineup were a de Rating:
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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill To Start Against Pelicans

Jordan HillAfter two straight embarrassing losses, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni hinted at yesterday’s practice that changes to the starting lineup were a definite possibility.

The Lakers learned yesterday that point guard Steve Nash will be out at least two weeks with nerve irritation in his back as the 39-year-old point guard had to remove himself from Sunday night’s 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the New Orleans Pelicans in town tonight, the Lakers will implore their sixth different starting lineup according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com:

Steve Blake will slide over to the point guard spot in place of Nash as the Lakers look to end a two-game losing streak tonight at Staples Center. The backcourt of Blake and Meeks should be somewhat effective as both are averaging double-digit points and Meeks has been arguably the Lakers most improved player through eight games.

In the frontcourt, Hill will take over for Chris Kaman, who started the past two games. While Kaman put up some nice stats, D’Antoni wasn’t a fan of how slow he and Pau Gasol played together.

Against Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, putting the physical and energetic Hill against him should hopefully slow him down after his monstrous 32 point, 12 rebound and 6 block game against the Lakers last Friday.

It isn’t clear if this starting lineup will stick beyond tonight’s game, but you can’t fault D’Antoni for trying to mix things up as the Lakers look to get back in the win column.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jodie Meeks is decent he is a hardworker and a decent shooting guard.I been wanting Jordan Hill to start since day 1 and he finally gets his big chance to prove he belongs as a starter every game.Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill both have the heart of a Lion!

    Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      Meeks was not impressive IMO last season. I am pleased to see he is playing with more confidence and in a better groove this season. Jordan Hill,Henry,Farmar are three impact players who need to get more playing time. There are definitely some good things to look forward to upon Kobe’s return. Obviously we should expect a move to take place before then,unless the team keeps getting the job done? Kobe will want and need a good support team around him. Kobe’s time off is giving guys the opportunity to show us what they’ve got.

      Outside of the Nash health issues things look much better than last season with the D12 distractions,injuries,coaching shifts, etc….. “STEP UP ” Make no excuses !

      Go Lakers !

  • Gregory Choa

    Unfortunately for the second unit, what this shift does is take away from heart and resolve of the “Wolf Pack”, which Meeks and Hill were a big part of. It also principally tasks Jordan Farmar with the task of both energizing and orchestrating the reserves, which has been struggling with the inconsistent production of both Nick Young and X. Henry. Kaman might help boost the scoring punch of the bench, but I’m not holding my breath. I need to see Wes Johnson injecting himself more as a leader and synergizer off the bench…this really presents him with an opportunity to step up and make a serious impression on both the coaches and FO. This may also be an opportunity to start showcasing Ryan Kelly a bit…if not now, when?

    • jeremy

      the bench still has x,,kaman who started on the bench,wes.and farmar. also maybe even Williams for a few min. so that still a pretty good bench without hill and meeks

  • jeremy

    good starting line up, it give us good rebounding at PF and better shooting and more size at SG. but we really need to find a line up that will stick. i hope when he ready coach give kelly a shot. since nothing else seem to work

  • Jim213

    Let Gasol come off the bench. IMO, Hill has been placed on the starting lineup for defensive purposes foremost so why have Gasol out there who’s struggled offensively more so than on defense? Kaman has been more consistent on offense so far.

    • Daryl Peek

      I kinda agree. Gasol has been horrible defensively also.I’m interested to see how Hill will handle more PT? Many times energy players off the bench fall off once given starter PT.

      • Jim213

        Don’t know if the coach can manage to place Hill on both units (more minutes) given he seems to motivate the 2nd unit with his hustle. Why have Kaman possibly play with the 2nd unit given his dislike to play small ball? It’s like water and oil with Kaman and Farmar they just don’t seem to mix (hopefully they prove otherwise).

        • Daryl Peek

          They lookin’ good together so far, and Hill is fitting in nicely with the starters

  • eric moore

    Pay gasol is the one that needs to be replaced in starting line up for the lakers

  • feelingr8

    Even with all the new faces, I find it hard 2 believe, the HEAD COACH cnt figure out the best possible starting 5, even if he is just tryin 2 stay afloat until kobe comes back, geesh get it 2gether.

  • Daryl Peek

    “More importantly, Blake’s opponents’ PER is currently at 10.9 when playing at the lead guard position, which is far better than Nash (15.4) or Farmar’s (17.0).”

    All the people who keep regurgitating Farmar is a better defender than Blake, here’s your proof he isn’t. Nash has defended PG’s better than Farmar? Dig that…

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