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Lakers News: Xavier Henry Will Remain Starter Against Mavericks Reviewed by Momizat on . Before Sunday's victory against the Atlanta Hawks, Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni decided to insert Xavier Henry into the starting line-up for Nick Young and i Before Sunday's victory against the Atlanta Hawks, Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni decided to insert Xavier Henry into the starting line-up for Nick Young and i Rating:
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Lakers News: Xavier Henry Will Remain Starter Against Mavericks

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Before Sunday’s victory against the Atlanta Hawks, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to insert Xavier Henry into the starting line-up for Nick Young and it was an effective decision.

After struggling through the first three games as a starter, Nick Young came off the bench and finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists. With Young mentioning that his goal is to win the Sixth Man of the Year award this season, D’Antoni has decided to start Xavier Henry tomorrow night via Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters:

It’s no surprise that Henry will start tomorrow and possibly for the foreseeable future. In his first start of the season, Henry finished with 18 points including 2-4 from three-point land and 6-8 from the free-throw line. He looked very comfortable and provided much needed energy to the starting frontcourt of Pau Gasol and Shawne Williams.

With Henry starting, it allows Young to play a role that he has been comfortable playing throughout his career. Instead of trying to fill Kobe Bryant’s role on offense and create for his teammates, Young can solely focus on providing that offensive punch off the bench.

While it was only one game, the Lakers’ coaching staff seems to have found a nice balance between the starters and bench as D’Antoni continues to have an 11-man rotation this season.

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  • Jim213

    Well deserved but the coach better make some moves at the 4. Might as well try out Pau and Hill at the start given Dirk.

    • Daryl Peek

      I’d rather see Kaman start with Pau.

      • Jim213

        Need rebounds on both sides of the court. it’s not like the team has been shooting consistently Daryl. Aside of that Hill prefers to pass the ball and will score if the opportunity calls for it.

        • Daryl Peek

          More of a defensive match up issue. Williams is better suited to guard Dirk. Kaman is already proven better chemistry wise with Pau. I like Hill being the first off the bench with Farmar and crew. Stronger chemistry with them and excellent in press full court coverage.

          • Jim213

            ? 3.3 PPG, 3PA 2-8, 12 PF thus far, It be best to bring him off the bench to increase the odds of remaining as a possible option during late games.

          • Daryl Peek

            I understand that man. It disgusts me too but do you remember how Dirk murders us? Williams has been good with us defensively so far. I vividly remember him blocking Blake Griffin’s shot against the Clippers last week, and he’s been good getting steals also.

          • Jim213

            Williams will have his chance but given his inconsistency as a starter they should go with a more reliable option that can help the team on the offensive end too.

            Dirk has the ability to space himself to get off a shot aside of being one of the best bigs to shoot . Even Kobe has copied his fade kick in recent time to trick defensive players at times though it gives him more of an edge.

          • Daryl Peek

            Which is more reason to have Williams on him. Williams can and has blocked that shot by Dirk, that’s rare!

          • Jim213

            Rather bring him off the bench to increase the odds of him not fouling out. Let’s not forget that Dirk has faked out many players to get more opportunities at the free throw line too.

            Although, tomorrow we may end up seeing more bigs on the court than a small ball type of game. Looking at the Mavs latest stats Shawn Marion is their top rebounder. Hate to see him out rebound Kaman and Pau though if he’s playing the 4 I can assure you that Hill would out hustle many players.

            With Monta Eliis being a shooting guard they’re going to need someone who can match his speed to lock him down at the 2. Jose Calderon has the PG position so Farmar and Blake possibly may need to get more playtime to slow him down. The Mavs Center Dalembert @ 250lbs. may be an issue for Kaman and Gasol.

            If both get the role of defending him they may likely struggle though I would believe that the coach would waste no time in switching Hill to the 5 (hopefully). Should be a good game for the Lakers (challenging). X vs Vince Carter? why not.

          • Daryl Peek

            Fouling out is rare for Williams. Last game was the first time he’s even been close to fouling out. Dalembert is not a big threat. Williams is better suited to switch on Marion also. Keep in mind Williams is actually a better rim protector than Hill, and is not that bad of a rebounder. He’s averaging about 4-5 in his limited minutes.

            Williams actually shot the ball better yesterday. I think Blake can guard Ellis. We really need Nash to help run the offense. Farmar is too much of a turnover machine against reserves. He’s leading the team in turnovers.

            Ellis is not a great outside shooter which is our biggest problem defending on the perimeter. Blake actually does a decent job against guards that attack the rim. That was evidenced against Hayward and Danny Green.

          • Jim213

            Agree with most of this except that rebounding and giving up (2nd chance) opportunities is a big problem for the team. IMO, Farmar will be okay as long as Kaman stays away from the 2nd group.Don’t think that Farmar and Kaman are on the same page. 2 or 3 TO resulted from between them both yesterday in the 4th. The teams seem more evenly matched in tomorrows game than the last four, IMO.

          • Daryl Peek

            Farmar has been turning it over no matter who he’s on the floor with. Averaging 3 a game since he’s returned. If Gasol rolls to the basket after setting the high pick the way he’s suppose to we’ll be fine on the boards. Kaman actually does a great job at that. Hill is a rebounding beast no doubt but the other guys aren’t that bad.

            Remember Kaman was pounding the boards in the preseason when he was getting more minutes along side of Pau. This is why he’s speaking up for PT with Pau.

          • Jim213

            Consistency is the name of the game. I’m more for putting /starting players who’ve contributed more so today than in preseason which inludes Meeks.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kaman has been consistent as anyone. That’s not a solid argument given the rotation inconsistencies and the small sample size of games.

          • Jim213

            Not seeing consistency from Kaman’s side. He does have 5 TO but 3-4 players have turned the ball more so than Kaman. But I don’t believe that they count or keep track of certain plays that lead to lost balls or opportunities.

            Here’s where I’ve seen him make too many mistakes that relate to him not being in the right place or losing the ball. SOLID ARGUMENT. I kept track of group cohesion when the team struggles in doing the little things which includes rebounding and missed assignments. It’s more so like the odd man out who’s hurting the team in those times when they struggle.

          • Daryl Peek

            The sample size is just too small if you omit the preseason.

            What I’ve noticed is how Kaman executes the high screen pick and roll properly, and when he rolls to the front of the rim Farmar is in score first mode VS. passing the ball which creates the perception of being out of place. I’ve seen that with Farmar, Hill and Gasol. When Kaman runs that with Nash you get the over the back pass we saw. When Pau runs it with Kaman we get the lobs. Farmar is looking to attack the rim and kick out to a shooter on the perimeter. This is where he gets himself into trouble when a rim protector stops him and he has no outlet.

            Again, the sample and minutes played is just too small to get a true feel for consistency.

          • Jim213

            Got to go with the players more recent play Daryl. But don’t be surprised if they get beat on pick and roll plays if both happen to play at the same time given they’re not quick responders defensive wise.

        • Shotaki

          Been a long time reader, first time poster, and usually I will nod in agreement with Jim213. Both Hill and Kaman would be good along with Pau, however I would much rather see Hill start, and bring in Williams along with the young reserves. It just makes sense that way, but we’ll see how the season progresses.

        • Guest

          I’m not going to deny or shy away from the fact that Kaman and Pau are good together, because they are and have proven that. I’ll agree also with the fact that Kaman seems a little slow when it comes to awareness when combo’d with Farmar, but you’re right Farmar does need to clean it up a little bit. Hopefully with some of the focus on Dirk’s “foot fouls” this year we’ll see some consistency with that call. For the most part the refs are doing a good job on that, and I like most of the changes. The delay of games though can be a bit ridiculous at times, and Kaman hasn’t quite caught on with that yet.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I love that Pau,Kaman combo starting also.Hopefully MDA agrees with us lol.

      • jeremy

        i get what everyone saying on here, they are forgetting his shooting and want him to start base on his defense and how he more suited to guard big man who shoot then hill and kaman are. so if x, pau and nash game is on then we shouldnt have to worry about Williams scoring. plus it not like late in game coach goes with the full starting 5. he been doing the mix and match in the 4th

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Shawne Williams is a good defender,but his offense is lost as of now,gotta find it.

      • Daryl Peek

        Exactly my point. And against Dirk we need his perimeter D.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Duh of course Xavier Henry will remain the starter,he will stay starter for the season IMO.Even when Kobe gets back they will slide him to small forward god is good.Blessings.

  • vdogg

    henry needs to keep starting. but i think that wes johnson should start at the 3 and henry at the 2. johnson was outstanding last night and needs more minutes. besides, he needs to start the game defending the other team’s best player.

    • Jim213

      Possibility down the line especially if Wes keeps improving on his D, aside of showing more hustle as of late.

      • vdogg

        it think it would would out great. you could even sub in 5 — farmar, meeks, young, hill and kaman. you could even have kaman play the 4 and hill the 5.

  • jeremy

    x earn the start since he was the best player on the court. also young played alot better coming off the bench. so why go to the old line up.

  • Onlywillgetbetterlakers

    Lakers have a very deep team it’s almost scary how many different line ups they could play. One person that has improved their game and off to a great start is Jodie Meeks. Him being able to score off the dribble more this year is big.

    • Jim213

      Agree, given his ability to guard players like CP3 and the quicker PG’s I’d rather throw him in than Blake in crucial defensive moments.

    • Daryl Peek

      Totally agree. I can recall arguing his worth with many. lol

      I’d rather see MDA continue on with the mass in game rotations, 4 to 5 in and out at the same time. Breaking up the bench mob weakens the defensive cohesion they have built up IMO. It was that cohesion that ran the Clips off the court.

  • Daryl Peek

    We’ve got trouble brewing in house folks;

    Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten1h

    D’Antoni to @DuranSports about Pau saying he likes to play with Jordan Hill: “I’m sure he does, because Jordan does all the dirty work

    Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten1h

    Pau to @DuranSports when told that D’Antoni wanted to see more “consistency” from LAL: “That’s a big word, right? The word of the day!”

    Looks like old wounds aren’t completely healed. SMH

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I also would love to see Jordan Hill get more minutes,Hill has a PER of 29.39 that is just a astronomical PER.He deserves a serious chance at gobbling up minutes,unleash the lion and never underestimate what a great rebounder can do for a team.But it’s ultimately up to MDA.Pau needs a enforcer besides him TBH,

      • Daryl Peek

        I would love to see Hill on the court more

      • cj

        per means nothing. his per is so high because he puts up stats in few min but hill is an energy type player. if he gets more pt his per will falter. he is playing 14 mpg right now per takes this and says ok if he gets 6 ppg and 6 rpg in 14 min then in 48 he would get around 20 and 20. its not true. per is a bad way to look at a player.

        • Daryl Peek

          Exactly. This is my point with others on the team that many are calling for to be starters over incumbents. Kaman has a higher PER than Gasol

    • Jim213

      SMH but it’s true, Hill is the team’s garbage man. This just shows that Gasol isn’t too happy with his current role. But it’s not like he’s playing more so as a center. At times during the 1 to 3rd quarter II don’t notice players under the rim when shots are taken to grab them rebounds.

      However, when Hill’s on the court, well we know what he does as even the announcers find it perplexing that he only manages to get playtime during the 4th quarter.

      • Daryl Peek

        Don’t know? But these tweets are taken out of context. After listening to the actual full interviews the beef Ding & McMenamin portrayed is not in the words that were spoken.

        On Pau’s role, he admits he’s still not in good basketball shape and that’s likely why he’s cool with his reduced minutes for now. It’s also like why he does not hustle into the post after setting a high screen. I’ll be watching his effort level as the season wears on…

        We need him to get in the post more, that’s not on MDA, that’s on Pau. If Hill can get on the block in D’Antoni’s system, Pau can too. MDA is absolutely right, Pau is happy with Hill because he does the dirty work.

  • socali

    I hope Henry’s agent doesn’t ask for a max contract after this season. I really like his game

    • cj

      he wont hes not that good.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Fast fact how tough is Xavier Henry?Well when he was 18 he was in a car accident and he got 150 stitches in his face,so those 9 stitches he received against Spurs were nothing.

  • petron_run&gun

    Gasol, Kaman, Henry, Young, Nash should be the starters..
    f*ck d’antoni…he should be fired

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