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#1 lili

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:31 PM

Prior to L.A.'s win against Houston, Luke Walton approached head coach Phil Jackson with an idea: why not see if L.A.'s flow worked better with Trevor Ariza starting and Walton coming off the bench?

Jackson concurred, and both players were effective in L.A.'s 102-96 win. Ariza scored eight points with six boards, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes, while Walton logged eight points alongside five boards and two assists in 23 minutes.

Jackson said the team would stick with that lineup for the foreseeable future.

Ariza had protested a starting role earlier in the season, but apparently changed his tune when the bench wasn’t producing much in the last few weeks. After the Houston win, Ariza said that "It's cool" for him to continue starting, as long as it's helping the team.

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i know some of you don't like luke, but he is good, maybe not great, but a good player that knows the offense, this will help the bench players

actually, i would like to see lamar also come off the bench, would he ever request that? yeah, right!

josh is more aggressive than lamar and he might help more starting, he scored more points today than lamar in the last 4 games

Edited by lili, March 11, 2009 - 09:37 PM.


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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:31 PM

I kind of like Ariza better with the bench...

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:32 PM

I hope to see this lineup more often. I was actually surprised to see Ariza starting when I first watched the game.

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:33 PM

Ariza should play with the bench, but they look lost without Odom. Hopefully the bench starts playing better if Luke plays with the bench.

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:42 PM

Props to Luke

Ariza to continue starting :rock: :rock: :rock:

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 09:47 PM

Did it ever occur to you that the Bench Mob could use some of Luke's veteran leadership? Why do you think he approached Philip with the idea and Philip concurred? The bench has been unstable and Luke is a stabilizer. It's as simple as that.

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Posted March 11, 2009 - 10:00 PM

i love luke, he does what he needs to, to help the team win and that is the kind of attitude we need on this team and he will help the bench, count on it.
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Posted March 11, 2009 - 10:07 PM

It's good to start him once in a while to give him a jump start, especially because he's been slumping as of late. Nothing too big of a deal anyways.

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Posted March 12, 2009 - 12:44 AM

Ya, this makes me like Luke even more. Hopefully this'll allow our bench to play better.
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Posted March 12, 2009 - 12:45 AM

Nice to see Luke take one for the team. Sasha is up next "Phil, please take all my minutes away"
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Posted March 12, 2009 - 07:16 AM

It wouldn't bother me tonight if Phil left Josh starting and then his second team was Lamar, Luke, DJ, Sasha and Jordan. I like Ariza starting and Luke coming off bench. Luke was struggling as a starter and looked much better last night once he quit letting Landry own him.

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Posted March 12, 2009 - 08:55 AM

This shows a lot of character in Luke. A lot of guys would want to start no matter what. But he's doing this for the team! I think that's great and it's exactly the kind of thing we need to win a championship.

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Posted March 12, 2009 - 09:15 AM

Nice to see Luke take one for the team. Sasha is up next "Phil, please take all my minutes away"




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Posted March 12, 2009 - 09:46 AM

Nice move. More defense in the starting lineup...what a novel concept! Wish I'd thought of that.

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Posted March 12, 2009 - 10:41 AM

Nice move. More defense in the starting lineup...what a novel concept! Wish I'd thought of that.

Uh Doc, did it ever occur to you that it was more to stabilize the bench than it was to an an effect on the starting lineup? Luke went to Phil about this, not the other way around.

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Posted March 12, 2009 - 05:46 PM

I kind of like Ariza better with the bench...



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Posted March 12, 2009 - 05:51 PM

Ariza was a ballhog off the bench , which left less energy on defense. this was a perfect move. Plus watch the shots sasha gets with luke out there. And jordan will be forced to penetrate more. I LOVE IT.
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Posted March 12, 2009 - 07:48 PM

Ariza was a ballhog off the bench , which left less energy on defense. this was a perfect move. Plus watch the shots sasha gets with luke out there. And jordan will be forced to penetrate more. I LOVE IT.

Win-win, Koby-Gas. The "take one for the team" concept raises implications that bother me. Luke told Philip that there were plenty of playmakers in the starting lineup, so it only made sense to put him with the second unit. His minutes will probably be the same. I guess Manu Ginobili, Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry all "take one for the team," too. I don't think the cliche applies here.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, March 12, 2009 - 07:48 PM.


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Posted March 12, 2009 - 07:54 PM

Good start so far, Luke is a team player and deserves alot of credit to take that step.
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Posted March 12, 2009 - 10:08 PM

How many minutes did Ariza play in the fourth tonight? That might be why we were letting up on the Spurs, and were only up two.

Walton doesn't play defense, so stick him out there with the others that don't. We have a starting five that does everything on both sides of the ball, and runs the triangle, and then we have a backup five or six that wants to Phoenix Sun you to death by running up and down the court and trying to score off of threes and layups.

Out of our bench players (because all of them are bench players on most teams in the NBA), Walton is the only one capable of running an offense. Understanding the offense doesn't necessarily mean you play it well, though, so Walton gets his best in there when he's playing with the bench, against other bench players.

Smart move. Thank you, Luke.




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