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With Gasol, Nash and Howard Healthy, D’Antoni Expects Success

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NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles LakersAfter numerous injuries and setbacks, the Los Angeles Lakers finally have a healthy starting lineup.

For the first time in months, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash are all on the court ready to give it their all for the Lakers. The three stars have not played together at full strength, but now that they are in the lineup, coach Mike D’Antoni expects some big things.

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D’Antoni spoke to Sports Illustrated and he talked about what he wants from the Lakers now that they have their starting lineup completely healthy.

“A lot of decisions were made when Steve wasn’t on the floor and Dwight wasn’t 100 percent and Pau wasn’t playing real well or 100 percent,” D’Antoni said. “So you think, ‘That’s not working, this isn’t working,’ but when they’re all 100 percent it can work.”

The Lakers had a full starting five for their game against the Washington Wizards, but the team could not win despite holding an 18-point lead. In the final stretch of the regular season, the Lakers cannot afford to lose to teams like the Wizards. This team has a lot of talent top to bottom, but they cannot rely on that alone to win games.

As of right now, the Lakers are in sole possession of the eight seed in the Western Conference, but if they want to advance past the first round, they must move up the standings.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sylvia.ross.9081 Sylvia Ross

    Who cares what d’antonio says. Any coach who tells the press how he feels about his team is horrible. I hope he didn’t do this to his kids when they were growing up. I hope the Lakers get rid of this jerk.

  • Chrmngblly

    When is “the vagina” going to learn to coach? Why would anyone screw up what has been working and put Pau in as a starter when he hasn’t seen a BB court in 6 weeks? He was lousy at the 4 before he got hurt. What fancy plays were designed just for Pau that leads anyone to think this will work? And there’s Pau to think about, too. Doesn’t he deserve the chance to get his groove going? How must he feel to go out there, out of rhythm and out of shape and lose the game for us? Thanks loads, D’Antoni.
    Then you have the nerve to call the players out publicly. Of course they play like they play because you coach like you coach. They don’t believe in you any more than we do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/woodie.perry Woodie Perry

      Antoni prides himself on the fact that he does NOT call plays, that is what he means by free flowing. If you look at his career he has NEVER had a actual big man. Amari was a real small 5. This guy doesnt have a clue on how to win thats why he never has

  • KcS

    The Wizards game is a perfect example of what happens when a dumb coach like D’umbtoni puts Gasol back into the starting lineup. Pure mess and a loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA. He probably thought the fans would forget over the last few months of why Earl Clark earned the starting position before Gasol got injured.

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