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Lakers News: Pau Gasol, Shawne Williams Back In The Starting Lineup Reviewed by Momizat on . After being without Pau Gasol for Saturday night's loss against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers center is back in action for tonight's game against the Ph After being without Pau Gasol for Saturday night's loss against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers center is back in action for tonight's game against the Ph Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Pau Gasol, Shawne Williams Back In The Starting Lineup

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After being without Pau Gasol for Saturday night’s loss against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers center is back in action for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamamin:

Gasol, who had an upper-respiratory infection, was out at shootaround this morning. In other Lakers starting lineup news, Jordan Hill will also move to the bench in place of power forward Shawne Williams, who also started in the Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns on December 10, marking the 13th Lakers starting lineup this season.

Tonight’s starting lineup will also feature Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

Xavier Henry will once again be handling the ball for the Lakers with Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Kobe Bryant all out due to injury, his third consecutive game starting at the point. His first was an exciting victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, possibly the Lakers most exhilarating game of the year. His second was a bit of the opposite, as the Lakers fell hard to the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers lack of a true point guard really showed.

The Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns tonight, 6 p.m. PST, a team that could easily be one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season, hoping to redeem themselves from their loss in their last meeting.

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  • Gregory Choa

    Looks like not only is Pau feeling better and back in at center for this one, but the mad scientist has Shawne in over Jordan Hill at the 4…this initially puts Pau on Plumlee and Shawne on Channing Frye…hell, I’ll take those matchups! If Pau is in full-on Black Swan mode tonight, the Lakers should be able to exploit both of these matchups.

    Problem remains, we still have no one to effectively check the tandem of Bledsoe and Dragic in the backcourt, I think D’Antoni should just say “screw it” and start Kendall Marshall and Meeks in the Lakers backcourt and see what happens. Of course he won’t, and he’ll start X there, but I’d rather see X, Swaggy & Hill come off the bench and do their damage as a unit onto themselves.

    • richard

      I admire your zest… but Marshal is not a starting material PG. He was taken in as a filler at that position until our PG’s are back from injury. He was not even in the NBA to begin with, and now you want him to start. That is just plain…””…. can’t pronounce the word…

      you could have been the comment of the day, with the first paragraph, up until the Marshal comment… :)

      • Daryl Peek

        Agreed on Marshall. Too many fans think the grass is always greener with the other guy. The kid may prove us wrong but he’s where he is because he couldn’t cut it so far… he even acknowledges this himself.

      • Gregory Choa

        I’m saying this partly in jest because, you’re right, no head coach in his right mind would start Marshall in a real NBA game, but my point is…what’s the real downside of this? So, maybe they fall into a big hole early…maybe they lose the game as a result…so what? Big deal… But, what if he were to actually rise to the challenge and exceed all expectations? All three Lakers point guards are out and guys like Wes and Jodie are suffering as a direct result…if there was ever a time when you might be inclined to try such a stunt, this is it…that’s all I’m saying…

  • jeremy

    willams i believe started vs the sun last time so no surprise. i bet this is just another one time thing for match up reasons

  • DParker626

    when are we finished with this silly Shawne Williams experiment? D’Antoni is infatuated with this dude. This so called “stretch four” is shooting less than 37%. Silly.

    • jeremy

      he still here because his offense doesnt show , but he been playing pretty good defense

      • DParker626

        doubtful it’s even close to Hill’s D, certainly not better than Hill’s and certainly not enough to warrant more time than Hill. Further, SW is not anywhere near as good a rebounder. SW is not even in the league if it weren’t for D’Antoni, let alone getting 20 minutes per game. Okay, done with the D’Antoni and SW rant! Hope they prove me wrong …

        • jeremy

          well at least for this match up willams the better fit to guard 3 point shooters. reason to why willams gets the random suns starts

          • DParker626

            good thoughts, agree on Kelly.

          • richard

            That’s the precise reason why you are not a coach and MDA is.

        • Daryl Peek

          Hill can’t check a stretch 4. Williams is way more versatile than Hill as a defender (can guard 1-4 if needed) and actually blocks the same number of shots as Hill.

    • Gregory Choa

      Jeremy is right, this is purely a matchup thing, with our “stretch 4″ (Williams) on their “stretch 4″ – Channing Frye.

    • roseducanna

      KAMAN better William and HILL.Why coach don’t give him play along side with GASOL.

      • Daryl Peek

        Wants to space the floor. This is the same reason Houston want to get rid of Asik. Not every team is running twin towers

    • Daryl Peek

      Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter2h
      Hill has averaged more minutes in starts vs. off the bench, but they limited his minutes after he slowed down a bit from initial burst.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I love the news of Pau Gasol coming back after missing the last game.The last few games it’s been back to PAU PAU POW POW championship days.Shawne Williams is just another poor mans Earl Clark and that is all he is so far.Nothing tells me the point guard situation will get any better actually our best playmaker is Pau Gasol he is the best passer we have other than Kendall Marshall who the coach is still reluctant to use.

    Lakers are going up against Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic that is two of the fastest best point guards in the NBA.Lakers are in for a long night if they can’t contain the speedy guards of Phoenix.Kendall Marshall will hopefully get serious playing time.

    Fans need to realize how serious the Point Guard position is playing without a real Point Guard is a setup for losses unless you have a point forward like a Scottie Pippen or Lamar Odom or LeBron James or Anthony Mason then forget about it is best to use a true PG.

    • jeremy

      wow a thumbs down for saying somethings that are true. lakers really arent the same without a true PG and marhall did play last game but struggle since he is new to the team. but i think we do need to play him just so guys like meeks and henry can get more rest.also that why i would love for the lakers to draft a guy like kyle anderson who a point foward and could be the next lamar odom

  • LakersHeatBeef

    NBA Considering Draft Wheel System To Eliminate Lottery

    Dec 23, 2013 12:23 PM EST

    The NBA is considering a proposal to eliminate the draft lottery as we currently know it in favor of a draft wheel.

    The draft wheel would allow team to cycle through every draft slot and be guaranteed one top-six pick every five seasons and at least one top-12 pick in every four-year span.

    The system is designed to protect against teams attempting to be bad or letting themselves be bad for a high draft pick.

    The concept has gained traction in the higher levels of the NBA’s league office and could be proposed to owners sometime in 2014, according to sources.

    Others have expressed early opposition to the proposal.

    Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

    • jeremy

      even though that sound like a nice idea, however why change something that isnt broken. some teams today are good because of the draft lottery. no teams like to tank or want to they do it if they feel it will help their future

    • e3bonz

      I’ve thought this very idea, no more tanking. Small markets would actually have to spend some money if they want to win.

  • roseducanna

    Stupid coach.

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