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Shootaround Report: Kent Bazemore Starting, Nick Young Returns

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The Lakers are going for just their fourth win in the month of February when they take on the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night. Nick Young, who was the leading scorer when these teams last met in November, will be returning to the team after over two weeks on the shelf with a non-displaced patella fracture. This will be the second matchup between the two teams this season, with the Lakers winning the first matchup, 99-94 at the Barclays Center.

The Lakers are coming off a comeback win over their bitter rivals, the Boston Celtics on Friday night, which snapped a seven-game home losing streak. Sparked by the play of newcomers MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore, the team was able to erase a double-digit fourth quarter deficit and win the game handily. Mike D’Antoni, who loves athletic players that can spread the floor, is rewarding Bazemore for his play by giving him his first start as a Laker. Kobe Bryant is still sidelined for at least another three weeks, but Xavier Henry is close to a return.

The Nets struggled mightily before the calendar turned 2014, but have since gone 15-7 and placed themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The game will the be the second of a back-to-back for the Nets, who lost to the Golden State Warriors last night. Newly signed center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player to play for an NBA team, is expected to play.

The Lakers are clearly out of the playoff picture and the move of starting Bazemore shows the team is trying to evaluate the talent they have. The Nets will be looking to add a win against a struggling team to continue to climb the standings.

For a preview of tonight’s game click here.

For more on the Jason Collins story click here.
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  • jeremy

    It another starting lineup but I think this one could work. Wes will play the Marion role and we get to see if kent the real deal. It better then having Kelly struggle as a starter. If lakers arent going to spend big this off season then I think most of the team this year should stay. With guys like Nash,maybe Henry,Kelly and scare not back with the lakers.we could also see guys like hill and kaman choosing to leaving if mike still the coach

  • Jim213

    Rather have Bazemore with the hustlers of the 2nd unit but if all else fails they’ll switch him by the 4th hopefully.

  • Gregory Choa

    Interesting development with this new lineup…I felt like Bazemore had the requisite skill set to deserve a spot in the starting lineup, but was a little surprised to see Wes get the nod over Ryan Kelly at the PF position. I know Kelly has been struggling, but figured he still fit the “stretch 4″ role that D’Antoni craves. That said, and in the final analysis, I like that Wes is sticking with the starting unit…even though it still feels like he a little undersized as a power forward in this league. Still, he remains a real “glue guy” for the Lakers and the team defense is better for it.

    It’ll also be good to see Swaggy P back in the lineup with the second unit, to go along with Marshon Brooks, Jordan Hill, Jordan Farmar and Chris Kaman…not sure where it leaves Ryan Kelly though…his development could end up being a little stunted moving forward…should be an interesting game tonight, to say the least!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Bazemore is a excellent 2 way player,i am so happy for him.I have been waiting for this time to come for him to get his shot in the NBA.He was stuck in a logjam in Golden State.Come on think about it he was a rookie and he had Stephen Curry,Jack,Thompson,Barnes all ahead of him since they played heavy minutes.Curry was logging around 35 minutes a game and Jack was eating up all the minutes left over.Then Klay Thompson was getting above 30 minutes per game.So basically Kent Bazemore got no minutes his rookie season and then Iggy got signed up this off season and yes the writing was on the wall to move on.Finally the Warriors traded Bazemore to the Lakers and he will do great.

    This situation is very similar to when Miles Plumlee got traded to the Suns and he finally got playing time to breakout with the Suns after being nailed to the bench behind Roy Hibbert his entire rookie season.

    Or this is like when Kevin Johnson got traded to the Suns he finally got major minutes to show how good he was he was saddled on the bench behind Mark Price for his rookie season.This is a major opportunity for Kent Bazemore,he must take full advantage of it.Bazemore is the king of the summer league and now he can translate that game to the NBA regular season.Get em tiger!

  • Daspin

    The starting lineup is another reason D’Antoni needs to be fired. Giving the other team a size advantage at the start of every game is the reason the larger reserves out score and out play the starters.

  • truth24

    These are garbage players omfg!!! Hahahahahah. Lakers will not win a fing championship with these guys rofl!!! You guys cracked me up

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