EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Whenever the LosAngeles Lakers get LeBron James and Rajon Rondo back healthy, Kyle Kuzma wants to find the team implement a strategy it’s not yet used in 2013: some”death line up .”
“I think even as we progress defensively and acquire more continuity, that small ball lineup is going to be huge for people, particularly in the play offs when everybody’s going to be moving small.”
Later, Golden State updated from Barnes into Kevin Durant, using the group Dealing with the”Hamptons Five” nickname.
The Lakers could have to wait to see that sort of lineup come to fruition. James is sidelined indefinitely with a strained left knee and will not travel with the team into Salt Lake City on Thursday,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. James will be re-evaluated Friday in la.
Walton did not rule out the possibility of James traveling to Utah on their Friday for its playoff game, however.
Meanwhile, the Rondo will miss at least the next 2 to 3 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ring finger on his shooting hand.
Kuzma reported the Lakers haven’t even practiced that far with the small ball lineup he imagines.
“He is always leading that team. We never really reach it in games because those guys sort of flip flop. From a small ball standpoint, we go to it when we’re kind of desperate. I do believe which will be a benefit when we can go to it “
Kuzma said his defensive evolution will make it possible for the Lakers to play that lineup, as he will be depended on to protect bigger players in order to reap the huge profits of experiencing so many liquid mobile players on the court together.
“I presume that definitely starts with me,” said Kuzma, who added he would play with the 4 and also James would play with the 5 in the group he clarified. “The start of the year to now, I am probably a way different defender than I really was. I think that was one of the biggest reasons holding us back from it, from me safeguarding larger guys, shifting or what not. I do believe it’s definitely going to be a large thing as the growing season progresses and we use it “
From suspensions to injuries, the Lakers season has been anything but consistent. Yet, at 22-19, the Lakers have the eighth-best listing from the Western Convention at the halfway point of the regular season and so are 2½ matches on the other side of the LA Clippers, the West’s No. 4 team.
Walton was requested to assess his team with 41 down games and 41 more to go.
“We know that when we’re at our best, we’re a really good team,” he explained. “We’re a team which can hang our hat on playing defense and getting stops. We’re good when we move outside and run. LeBron James is so great. And there’s still a great deal of as yet not known.
“Truly, there’s likely more anonymous than there was known, just because of the amount of injuries we’ve been and the different line ups, despite the suspensions of trying to have the joys of who plays, what matchups are playing well together. … I believe it’s exciting that we’re where we’re at and we still have so much room to grow.”
If Walton was told in training camp which his team could possess this record in early January, what would he have said?
“I would have said we have been exactly what we’re designed to be,” Walton answered. “And I am extremely delighted with where we’re at right now. I think our listing is most likely somewhat simpler than I thought it would have been sooner, pre-LeBron getting hurt. And now, where it’s at, we have a while to accomplish and we all understand that.
“For me that’s exciting, that opportunity of,’Hey, we’re in this dogfight and we’ve had great minutes and we’ve had awful moments.’ Like we’ve said, we’ve got plenty to know about ourselves still and that we have a great deal of room for growth and now I think that our team will accept that opportunity and challenge and we’ll have a fantastic end of the year”