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Lakers vs. Hawks Game Preview: Lakers Look To End Two Game Skid

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles LakersAfter an emotional opening night victory over the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers have come back down to earth after back-to-back losses to two of the Western Conference’s best teams in the Warriors and the Spurs. Tonight they look to get back in the win column against the new-look Atlanta Hawks.

The bench continues to be the bright spot for the Lakers; they tallied 45 points in the loss to the Spurs. Coach D’Antoni, still tinkering around with his rotation, played Steve Nash only 23 minutes. Additionally, Shawne Williams and Nick Young played only 21 and 18 minutes respectively as D’Antoni rode out Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry even after the latter’s scary looking incident.

The Lakers split their two meetings with the Hawks last season, with each team winning on their home court, but both games went down to the wire. This season the Hawks have a new coach in former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer and have added former Utah Jazz standout Paul Millsap. The Hawks come into this game with a 1-1 record after their victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Frontcourt: Al Horford and Paul Millsap may be a little undersized, but they form one of the most intense, ferocious frontcourt combinations in the entire NBA. Horford is one of the most well-rounded bigs in the league as he can punish you inside and outside, offensively and defensively. Millsap makes up for his lack of size with a relentless attack and never-ending energy. Pau Gasol has played admirably through the first three games, but will have to be more aggressive offensively as Horford is extremely difficult to move out of his position. While Shawne Williams has struggled offensively, his length could be key in limiting Millsap down low.

In addition to those two down low, Demarre Carroll is another athlete with a great motor. While he averages only 11 points, he also adds three steals a game because of his activity on the defensive end. The common theme with the Hawks frontcourt players is activity. It will be imperative for the Lakers to know where these guys are and put a body on them when shots go up. If they struggle early with that, we may see Jordan Hill a little sooner than normal as he has excelled on the boards so far this season.

Nick Young has really struggled offensively through the first three games and he will need to turn it on soon if the Lakers plan on getting back on track or risk losing more minutes to Johnson and Henry.

Backcourt: The Hawks boast an underrated but extremely talented backcourt as Jeff Teague is one of, if not the most, underrated point guards in the NBA. He is averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 assists through the first two games and he is the playmaker for this team. Next to him is one of the game’s premier shooters in Kyle Korver. Korver does the vast majority of his damage from outside the arc, and his size, at 6’8, could make it extremely difficult for Steve Blake to challenge his jumper.

Blake, along with Steve Nash, will be challenged again against this Hawks backcourt. Nash had some open looks against the Spurs that he normally makes, but he just couldn’t get them to fall. Both guards have struggled to get their shots to fall so far, and with their defensive deficiencies, it has become more commonplace to see Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks get the majority of the key minutes. The Lakers must be able to match up defensively with the Hawks as their guards really control the game for them.

The Hawks are also missing key contributor Louis Williams who is recovering from a torn ACL. Williams is one of the league’s best sixth men and his absence robs the Hawks of one of their best shot creators.

Keys To Lakers’ Victory:
Play Of The Starters: The Lakers starting lineup has been incredibly lackluster through the first three games as Pau Gasol has been the only starter performing at an acceptable level. The bench has been able to prop the Lakers up when needed, but they can only do that so many times.

While the Hawks boast a solid starting lineup, their best guy off the bench is career journeyman Cartier Martin. The only other two players getting regular minutes are veteran big man Elton Brand and rookie point guard Dennis Schroeder, leaving the Hawks starters very little room for error.

The Lakers must get off to a good start which means Young and Williams, in particular, have to start knocking down some shots. The Lakers have a clear advantage when these teams go to their respective benches, if the Lakers starters can hold up their end, or at least get some Hawks starters in foul trouble, Atlanta has very little to turn to.

Controlling The Boards: The Hawks average only 35 rebounds a game with Al Horford the only above average rebounder on the team. While very active, the team is undersized down low since no one stands above 6’9. Collectively, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Hill must put a body on everyone defensively and crash the offensive glass as that can be an effective way to get easy buckets against this team.

The Lakers have done an excellent job of rebounding as a team; Meeks, Johnson, Henry, and Farmar are all capable of snatching rebounds out of crowds. They must take advantage of a subpar rebounding team and make sure the Hawks aren’t able to poach any second chance points.

Three-Point Shooting: Both of these teams rank near the top of the league in three-pointers attempted. The Lakers, however, shoot a much better percentage from deep and have more shooting options than the Hawks. Blake, Meeks, Henry, Farmar, and Johnson are all shooting better than 40 percent from deep. If the Lakers can get Young, Williams, and Nash going from deep, then they’ll have a chance of shooting the Hawks right out of the building.

The Hawks boast the always dangerous Kyle Korver, who is capable of heating up at any moment. Cartier Martin, DeMarre Carroll, and Jeff Teague are all capable of making threes, but are all average shooters at best who probably take many more threes than they should. If both teams are taking the same amount of threes, the Lakers have the advantage and they must keep that advantage to come out with the W.

Atlanta Hawks (1-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-2)
6:30 PM PST, November 3, 2013
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPNLA

Hawks Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Kyle Korver
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Al Horford

Key Reserves: SF Cartier Martin PF Elton Brand  PG Dennis Schroeder   

About The Author

Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Go Lakers!

  • Daryl Peek

    Gotta get this win! We can’t start digging a hole in the western conference already. They gotta keep Paul Millsap in check. He’s always been a thorn in our side like David Lee is.

    Lets GO

  • taviyoung

    I’ve been trying to give MDA the benefit of the doubt, but I have lost every ounce of confidence in him, and for so many reasons. He has SHAWYNE WILLIAMS starting and getting more minutes than Jordan Hill. The only time he should see the floor is in the fourth quarter when we are up by thirty or down thirty. He has Steve Blake starting alongside Nash making Blake a liability defensively, because he’s too small to guard at the two. They should NEVER be on the floor at the same time PERIOD. Nash has been horrible, and should be benched. We all know how bad he is defensively, and now with his ineffectiveness on offense it makes him completely a non factor. I don’t know what will make me happier, Nash retiring or D’Antoni firing.

    • Daryl Peek

      After three games? Really?!?

      The team had a better record than they did in the preseason last year and has a better record than they did at this time last season also. They’re playing much better basketball in comparison.

      • Dragon7s

        You have to admit that D’Antoni’s rotations are making you scratch your head, right?

        • Daryl Peek

          No, this is a new raw young roster. Nash and Gasol are the only returning starters so you have to expect experimentation.

          • Dragon7s

            I expect experimentation, in fact welcome it but at least it should make some sense. Hill, arguably the best rebounder on the team, sits on the bench until the 4th quarter?
            In what universe does that make sense?
            Even D’Antoni has to realise that the team that controls possession has the best chance to win and what better way to control possession is there than rebounding (esp. offensively)?

          • Daryl Peek

            I agree Kaman and Hill need more PT. I’m also taking issue with Gasol who seems not to want to get in the post? He had a clear advantage with Duncan out. I don’t blame D’Antoni for that, Pau has to fight for post position.

          • Dragon7s

            I can agree with that also.
            Pau is great at putting the ball on the floor and driving to the hoop, not many big men can stay with him when he does.
            Let’s hope we see him being more aggressive tonight.

          • hookedonnews

            Even with Hill on the bench until the 4th that was a very winnable game. Hill played the entire 4th quarter the game before. If someone is playing well he’s going to leave them in. He’s not going to worry about getting a certain number of minutes for each player. Hill will get plenty of playing time.

          • Dragon7s

            Let’s hope so.

            With Hill in the game earlier, the game might have been put away, or nearly put away but the time the 4th quarter rolled around.

          • hookedonnews

            Well, that’s something we’ll never know. But he was in the game in the 4th quarter, and they had the lead at one point. And they lost. I like Hill, but he is a poor fit for D’Antoni’s offense. The fact that he wanted to keep him and is playing him as much as he has been is a tribute to Hill and his value to the team.

      • taviyoung

        Give me the reasons why they are playing better basketball. It has nothing to do with what MDA’s system and his philosophy. Yes they’re playing ok, but they could be playing ALOT better with a better coach. A coach who knows how to use his team’s strengths offensively and DEFENSIVELY. He has two skilled 7 footers that he could use a strength, but he says he doesn’t like playing two bigs together. The reason he says that, because his main focus is offense. He doesn’t care about the fact that Shawyne Williams is too small to defend the post, and not a good rebounder. He only cares that Williams can shoot the three. He doesn’t care that Wesley is playing out of position having to guard PF’s. When he should be defending on the wing giving guys fits. He doesn’t care that Blake has to guard guys those bigger and stronger 2 guards, and making a good defender a liability. These are the reasons why he is not a good coach and never will be. He had all preseason to see that it won’t work with this small ball crap so I don’t want to hear NOTHING about it’s just three games.

        • Daryl Peek

          Wins and better team chemistry which is a byproduct of the D’Antoni system. Every new player has come out and said it’s a big part of the reason they wanted to be here.

          • taviyoung

            The better team chemistry comes from the fact that the crybaby is gone to Houston. Also they didn’t come here and take less money, because they wanted to play for MDA. They came here, because they wanted to be apart of the Lakers tradition and history that is unmatched. Let’s not get that twisted.

          • Daryl Peek

            Most of them are on record saying they wanted to play in MDA’s system and that it was a factor in consideration.

        • hookedonnews

          There are 9 new players on this team. How long do you think it takes to get the right players in the right spots? This is not like the Spurs or GS who may have one new player they want to work into their rotation. Give it some time. The Lakers lost 11 in a row last season. Every team they have played so far has been a top-level team, and they have been competitive against everyone but GS in the 2nd of a back-to-back without Nash. It’s a long season. The small ball “crap” worked very well against the Clippers. D’Antoni is going to run the kind of system he was brought to LA to run. If you’re hoping for a return to the Triangle you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

    • 3339

      100% agree

    • Emman7

      Agree, starting line up should be Gasol, Kaman, Henry, Meeks and Nash..

    • hookedonnews

      Nash hasn’t played enough to get his shooting rhythm, but he’s orchestrating the offense as well as it can be done. People aren’t making the open shots he’s giving them. Nash has not been horrible. That’s an overstatement. He hasn’t been as good as he normally is, but he’s had a couple of issues and hasn’t played enough minutes. Hill is anchoring the bench mob. He’s going to get his minutes. I think we need to realize this is early, and these guys haven’t played together that long. If Williams doesn’t play well he’ll probably lose his starting spot. He’s a good 3 pt shooter. That’s the reason he’s starting rather than someone like Hill who’s not a good outside shooter. I have my own issues with MDA, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt (at least for now). It takes time to work this stuff out.

  • 3339

    Lakers are so unpredictable. But not in a good way. They have no plan. Watching their first few games it appears that they are just going to shoot shoot and shoot some more. no structure, the occasional pass inside to Pau, and vary poor defense. Lakers are not going to get back to the championship level playing under this system.

  • Dyllon Dinwiddie

    We should win this but yea I don’t like Blake starting at the SG he should start Wesley Johnson so he can defend those bigger guys or even start Hill at the PF and let Williams come of the bench with Kaman
    I personally like Kaman and Gasol together especially against an undersized frontcourt from the Hawks

    • Dragon7s

      Undersized with virtually no backups other than a diminished Brand.
      I’d like to see the Lakers start Kaman with Pau and pound it inside to try and get the Hawks in foul trouble early but probably not going to happen.

  • Gregory Choa

    Forget about the Xs & Os and the personnel decisions for a moment – the Lakers need this win and the simple fact of the matter is that there are two central keys towards achieving that; play with unrelenting energy and knock down open shots…do that and the rest should take care of itself.

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed

    • Dragon7s

      The one key to the game will be the frontcourt match-ups.
      The Hawks are woefully thin up front.

      If D’Antoni still wants to spread the floor in this game, he’s lost his biggest advantage.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers are starting Xavier Henry tonight,Congrats to Xavier for earning a spot as a starter.Nick Young is now moving to the bench.

    • Dragon7s

      Hopefully X will be that diamond-in-the-rough that D’Antoni’s system tends to discover.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Blake is shooting 8-28 FGA Less than 30%.Not starting caliber,he is undersized also.

    • Daryl Peek

      43% 3pt shooting and only 1 turnover a game. Best turnover to assist ratio of any other guard.

      • Dragon7s

        Farmar is new to D’Antoni’s system…his TO’s will decrease as he gets more comfortable with the system.
        Blake’s had a year to acclimate and he has more total experience so I would expect his TO/Assist ratio to be better than Farmar.

        Farmar will be the starting PG by the time Kobe gets back.

        You heard it here first.

        • Daryl Peek

          Not really. Farmar had wanted to play in this style back when he first left the team. He was in a more open pick and roll style offense in Jersey and overseas. I’m sure there are language differences but it’s more suited to his natural abilities and Farmar said MDA is a big reason he really wanted to come back.

          You could be right but for now Blake is better suited to start. Keep in mind Kobe will want the ball in his hand and that will be a problem as Farmar is wanting it in his hands. Blake is better suited to be PG with Kobe as facilitator also.

          • Dragon7s

            I believe you’re confusing “wanting to play in the system” with “knowing how to play within the system”.

            Big difference.

          • Daryl Peek

            pick and roll offense is all basically the same. Not much difference. Keep in mind 90% of the league has been running the D’antoni system since he had that success in Phoenix with Nash. This is why the league is now PG driven.

          • Dragon7s

            You’re forgetting the human element in your reply.

            Dancing of a particular type is the same no matter where in the world it’s done but if you have danced with a particular partner for years and suddenly have to change partners, there’s an adjustment/acclimation period.
            How much moreso do you think it would be when you have 10 new dance partners?

          • Daryl Peek

            Blake is with those new dance partners also

          • Dragon7s

            That’s your reply?

            So, you’re telling me (assuming Nash is washed up which I have no reason to believe he isn’t, despite being one of my favorite players) that you would rather have Blake manning the point during the playoffs than Farmar?
            (Making the playoffs is theoretical obviously but you can extend the question to next season as well.)

          • Daryl Peek

            YES, Farmar is better with the bench mob right now. Kobe already knows how to play with Blake in this kind of dance style. If Farmar proves he’s better suited during the auditions with Kobe on the dance floor so be it but as of now it’s Blake’s job

          • Dragon7s

            “right now”, with that I can agree.

            What I said was that Farmar would/should be the starting PG when Kobe returns.
            Why? Because Farmar won’t be handling the ball as much with Kobe in the line-up and Blake would serve as a better influence on the 2nd unit.
            Plus, Farmar is a much better defender against the other starting PG’s in the league.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I disagree with you on Farmar starting with Kobe because as you said, farmar will not have the ball in his hands… that’s opposite of what we have seen so far in these three games… Farmar is better and more effective handling the ball. Blake is better suited playing with someone who handles the ball, like Kobe. So, naturally and reasonably, Blake and Kobe is a better combo on the starting lineup.

          • Dragon7s

            So you’re willing to risk playing Blake against the likes of Chris Paul simply because he handles the ball better (for the moment)?

          • Daryl Peek

            No one, I repeat no one can stop CP3 and other elite PG’s. Blake is a better than average team defender. It was Blake who slowed CP3 in 2011 when Fisher was getting murdered in that playoff series against the Hornets.

          • Dragon7s

            You’re right, no one is going to stop CP3 but who would you rather have trying to slow him down, Blake or Farmar (and I’m not talking about the 2011 version of Blake)?

          • Daryl Peek

            2011 Blake is still the same PG. He’s still a pesky hound defensively and like I said, if Farmar proves hes’ better suited cool but until he does Blake is the guy. Farmar has done nothing to show he’s better suited. It’s all a personal preference thing by fans for the most part. The last three Lakers head coaches have given Blake props for his defensive abilities but fans continue to balk at what they see. I trust the professionals

          • Dragon7s

            He’s not the same PG. Last season’s playoffs proved that.

            And stop assuming I’m a Blake-hater, I’ve never said he was a bad player and shouldn’t be getting PT.

            I simply said that come playoff time (again, assuming they make it), Farmar will be the better choice to start and get the lion’s share of the PG minutes.

          • Daryl Peek

            EXCUSE ME?!? If it weren’t for Blake we would not have gotten into the playoffs. Remember the last three games of the season? Blake pretty much put the team on his back with Kobe and Nash out.

            Blake was injured in game two against the Spurs

          • Daryl Peek

            I can’t help assume you hate him when you make false statements like that. Blake hit a big game winning shot against the Nuggets in 2012. Kobe himself points out how he trust Blake cause he’s not afraid to take the big shot in big moments.

          • Dragon7s

            Prove that my statement was false before you accusing me of lying. smh

            Just because a guy is gutsy, hard-working, a great teammate and not afraid to take a big shot doesn’t mean he’s the best choice to run the team THIS season.

            Not sure why you can’t understand my point.

          • Daryl Peek

            Because he’s proven he’s better suited and Phil, Brown and D’Antoni have all agreed with that sentiment.

            You said Blake fails in the playoffs, that’s false.

          • Dragon7s

            He was injured during the playoffs last season, totaling 5 assists and 4 turnovers in 2 games…that was my point.

          • Daryl Peek

            No Kobe, Howard refusing to run the offense, last year is a bad sample to use when anything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong. IJS

          • Daryl Peek

            Exactly my point

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t want anyone manning the point but Nash in the playoffs. I don’t believe he’s washed up. He could have had double digit assists the other night if anyone could have made a shot. His shooting is off, but that won’t last forever. That’s just rust. I think all three PGs will play an important part in this team’s success. Nash and Blake also play well together. Better to have too many than not enough. I think if Nash had been on the floor at the end of the game with the Spurs the Lakers would have won that game. Did not agree with D’Antoni’s decision. Hope that doesn’t happen again.

          • Dragon7s

            I’d love nothing better than to have Nash leading the Lakers into the playoffs…he deserves another chance to win a ring.
            Unfortunately, Father Time has caught up with him.

            Being on the same team with Kobe, I’m sure that it’s influenced Nash to work hard to get his aging body in the best shape possible. Yet, here we are 3 games into the season and D’Antoni (who probably knows Nash as well as anybody) was reluctant to put Nash back into a game that was, by all accounts, winnable in the 4th quarter because he didn’t think Nash could handle it physically.
            The writing, sadly, is on the wall.

          • hookedonnews

            D’Antoni said he was afraid that Nash would be stiff because he had been out for so long. He said the same thing about the other starters in the Clippers game when he held all of them out in the 4th quarter. Nash didn’t need Kobe’s example. He has been taking care of himself for years. I think you’re making a lot of assumptions. D’Antoni said Nash would be alright after he was asked about him after the game. The problems Nash had last season had nothing to do with Father Time. That leg injury was a bad one, and he still has nerve pain. However, he said he felt great before the game. I don’t think Nash is done, but time will tell. I would just say that he’s been underestimated more than once in his life. I’m hoping for the good of the team that this is another one of those times.

          • hookedonnews

            I hope you saw the game tonight. Steve Nash can still get the job done. That’s who you want on the floor in control of the ball with the game on the line. A little more exciting than it needed to be, but a great win!

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            And you are saying that Blake does not know how to play in MDA system? How the hell is MDA chosing Blake over Farmar at this point. Is it not a testament that Blake knows the system and wants as well to run it?

            Blake is a decent player and does not do things outside of what he can do. He is a very low turnover player, and has an excellent three point accuracy.. Coaches will love him wherever he goes. One reason why MDA, Phil, and Brown loves him.

            Blake is doing pretty effectively in filling in at that SG position.

          • Dragon7s

            When did I ever say that?
            I like Steve Blake. He’s gutsy, plays hard and is a great teammate.

            I’m simply saying that due to his liability on defense, he shouldn’t be starting against the elite PG’s in the league.
            For now, he’s not a bad option. I just think that Farmar has a higher ceiling and will be better over the course of the season.

          • Daryl Peek

            How is he a liability on defense? Did you not watch him out play a 6’8″ Gordon Hayward this preseason?

          • Dragon7s

            No, I missed that game.

            You’re talking about the 37.0% shooting Gordon Hayward?

            Not sure what your point is.

          • Daryl Peek

            Blake out rebounded Gordon and Kept him in check. That’s the defensive point. Blake is physically over matched against Hayward. Some just don’t want to give Blake credit.

          • Dragon7s

            I give him all the credit he deserves but pointing to a game where he kept an offensively challenged player “in check” is hardly proof of his defensive prowess.

          • Daryl Peek

            Offensively challenged?!? Again your putting false opinionated info out.

            Hayward is a 23 year old budding star and has career averages of… 45% FG, 40% 3pt, 80% FT on 10 points a game. He’s now at 15 points a game on a team where he’s now becoming one of the main feature players. Calling Hayward offensively challenged is a flat out lie you could get no one to cosign.

            “I have a man crush on that kid” –Doc Rivers

            Hayward is about to get max contract consideration due to budding offensive and defensive prowess.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Blake is not starting as a PG.. he is starting alongside Nash at the SG position, and he is doing an admirable job filling in…. his liability on defense? hahahahaha… you might have been very negative of SB… watch the games again and you will see… those match ups are miss match for him… but he battles hard, uses positional defense… that is something coaches will always love over individual defense.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            exactly. Farmar does his best when he is given the license to handle the ball, this the system we run…

          • Daryl Peek

            People seem to forget that was the big frustration for Jordan in the triangle and playing with Kobe. Jordan has matured so I expect better chemistry but it would be a waste to take the ball out of his hands. Most Laker fans are just looking for an unfounded reason to ouster Blake.

  • Dragon7s

    The luxury that D’Antoni has is that he doesn’t have to stick with a given starting 5 every night with the depth the Lakers have.
    Successful NBA coaching involves primarily getting the right match-ups at different points in the game.
    If, and this is a big ‘IF’, D’Antoni is willing to adjust his starting line-up based on the opponent, I think it gives the Lakers a better chance of getting off to a good start.

    For example, tonight against the Hawks:

    Starting 5 –
    PG – Nash/Blake
    SG – Henry
    SF – Johnson
    PF/C – Kaman/Gasol
    (Pound the ball inside early and hope to get the Hawks frontcourt in foul trouble early.)

    2nd Unit –
    PG – Blake/Farmar
    SG – Meeks
    SF – Young
    PF – Williams
    C – Hill
    (2nd unit is virtually all energy guys that will run the floor and be aggressive on defense, maybe not effective but aggressive.)

    Defensively, the above sucks but we suck defensively anyway….lol

    • taviyoung

      True, but you’ll rather have your first unit better defensively than your second. I love your lineup. I wish you were the coach.

      • Dragon7s

        Thanks for the compliment.
        I’ve found that in managing people, it’s best to find their strengths and let them do what they do.
        If you do that, the whole team (whether in sports or business) benefits.

        • taviyoung

          Exactly right.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      The lineup will change from time to time until the team settles down and Kobe gets back. Successful teams and coaches does not have a lineup that changes with the opponent. Successful coaches does not field a lineup to match the opponents, they make the opposing team adjust. With this said, I disagree with you…

      • Dragon7s

        When you have the better starting 5, you have the luxury of making teams adjust to you.
        The Lakers have no such luxury at the moment.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          What you are saying is better talent wise… this is basketball… we play 5 on 5. A set line up is better and brings stability to the team. How many times people here would scream at Phil because he rarely if ever, changes his lineup, even when we didn’t have a strong starting 5.

          • Dragon7s

            You’re putting words in my mouth.
            I’m not talking about putting the 5 most talented players on the court, I’m referring to the best starting 5 that’s available.
            The Lakers are very deep but they don’t have the top talent that other teams do.
            Why not take advantage of that depth and play match-up basketball. Exploit the other team’s weakness(es).
            A set rotation at this point of the season with so many new players on the roster is a moot point because none of them have played together for very long.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I think you are also missing the point… I mentioned that the line up will change from time to time, until the team is stabilized specially when Kobe returns. The move you are saying is that, we should tinker our line up to adjust to opposing teams, that Is not the way you run your philosophy. It is a defeated stance. Teams should adjust to us not the other way around. The fact that you even think of doing so, is an indication that you do not trust the team you want to put out there. You tinker your line up base on your philosophy, not because of other teams’ line ups.

      • hookedonnews

        I think D’Antoni is still evaluating players and deciding on his line-up. Once it’s set, I don’t see him deviating from it that much. There might be an occasional adjustment, but probably not often.

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          agree…

  • metalbass

    the thing mike has to undestand, and do it quickly, is that williams is not a starter!!!! and blake should be traded, because mike loves him too much… we don’t need him now that we have jordan farmar who sould play a lot more ;)

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed on Williams but not Blake

      • metalbass

        maybe trade him is too much but at least do not start him…

        • Daryl Peek

          disagree with that also

          • metalbass

            it’s because i’m not a big fan of nash and blake playing togheter… :(

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not either but it’s not a bad short term thing. Blake is actually doing a decent job so far. Ther’s a reason Phil Jackson, Mike Brown and D’Antoni all saw Blake as a vital part of the Lakers. Remember it was Phil who wanted Blake over Fisher when we first got him

        • hookedonnews

          I like Blake and Nash on the floor together. They can’t get rid of Blake. They need the depth, especially with Kobe out.

  • hookedonnews

    Looking for more minutes for Steve Nash. He’s never going to get in sync playing 20 minutes a game. And he needs to be on the floor at the end of games. I have been supportive of D’Antoni, but not having Nash on the floor in the 4th quarter is a mistake I don’t want to see made again. I didn’t think it was possible to destroy the confidence of Steve Nash, but I’m beginning to worry that it could happen with this kind of stuff going on. His shooting is going to come around, and he knows how to get open shots for other guys. I hope all this will get straightened out before long. Encouraged at the play of Hill, Henry, Johnson, and Farmar. Think Young can also be great if he works on his shooting a little more. Hoping for a win tonight.

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