In a Wednesday game against the Pelican in New Orleans, the Los Angeles Lakers needed change. Nobody knew exactly what this change was supposed to do, but something had to be done after they had fallen back to the last 10 teams.
A few seconds before the interview, it was revealed that the change would be in the starting lineup. Instead of launching Brandon Ingram to the security guard, Lakers moved Ryan Rondo to the superiors, along with Reggie Bullock and Brandon Ingram on the wings, and Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James in the front. That's right: James started in the center of the Lakers on Wednesday.
James spent some time in the middle this season as he was expected to enter the season, but few expected him to start a game in the center, especially when the game was against Julius Randall, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.
The early results of the Big Man Brain? Mixed.
With James's game center, the Lakers have done a lot of interesting things. As a result, three different players ended up with at least 20 points over 50% field shooting. Rondo also won the open bands created by James, playing in the center by playing 1
Defensive, however, things were as bad as you expected. In the 21 minutes they played together, the starting line of the new view allowed 125.5 points per 100 holdings. Overall, they achieved a net rating of -14.7, which was the worst net rating of all the bands that played more than three minutes together. This is – mo cómo se dice?
Nevertheless, the Lakers left the Staples Center with a huge number in the victory column.
After the game, Kuzma said he was encouraged by what he had seen from the team's new start-up
– I thought he was pretty good. The biggest thing when we have a small one is that we have to be able to recover, but I think we are, for the most part, a pretty good team when we want to be, and if we can continue doing that, is good for us
Luca Walton also saw some things he liked from the first unit, but he does not agree whether he will use it when the Lakers hosts Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
I think we just had a sense of urgency at the defensive end. You try to stay in touch and try to follow the game plan and try to jump basketball to start our insult, "Walton said.
"We'll see if we'll stay in this group for the next game. I have not yet reached Milwaukee and they have any problems with the matches, but if this is the group we have, then well, we are faster and more athletic. We can be more aggressive on the ball and try to get rid of the turnovers, and look to get out and run, "Walton added. "We will watch the film on this subject, we will learn from it and then make a decision."
Bucks will be changing the tempo for the starting lineup of the new species, both legally and literally. On Wednesday, the Lakers saw Randall and Davis, who more often wanted to hit her in the paint. On Friday, they will face the big men like Brook Lopez, Nicholas Mirotic and Ersan Ilyasova.
If the Lakers can cope with both ends of the floor with a small start against a small ball against Milwaukee they may have finally found their key to slip into the playoffs. For more information Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll Podcast of iTunes Google Podcasts . You can follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas .