Alright here's how this game went
D'antoni tried a new starting lineup today, didn't start Kaman and Gasol.
When Kaman was with Gasol in the 2nd we went on a 10-0 run which got us the lead going into halftime(we won the first quarter as well. At the end of the 2nd we stopped Golden State on 5 straight trips to close the half.
In the 3rd we went REAL small with new bench rotations experimenting because Farmar and Wes are back, here's how that went.
It's Blake-Meeks-Young-Johnson-Gasol, another new line up, to start the 3rd Q, small w/Johnson at the 4.
This group w/Johnson at the 4's been fun to watch. Everybody touched it before the 2nd Meeks 3, putting LAL up 63-58.
Klay Thompson's on fire tonight, now 8 for 11 after drilling his 3rd triple. LAL w/in 3 after Hill's first bucket, 71-68.
Like in Beijing, GSW's starters have blown it open against LAL's bench, this time late in the 3rd. Big run has LAL down 84-70.
Mark Jackson may be resting the starters in the 4th, but they beat up on Kaman/Landry/Meeks/Farmar/Henry. GSW = 11 of 19 from 3.
So some success in the 3rd but ultimately Golden State's starters took the lead against that lineup after we pushed it a bit.
Nash only played the first half and looked good. No one could hit threes today. Although Gasol having "fun" did a triple threat faceup on Steph Curry and then drained a 3 in his face that had the bench and D'antoni laughing
4th Quarter was end of the bench.
Alright, so the takeaways from this game are, that Kaman and Gasol thus far have been our best starting lineup so I can see D'antoni sticking with that and he's basically trying to find the best places for Farmar and Wes right now cause they missed so much time and he tried out new things. Wes played well today as a glue and hustle guy apparently as did Farmar.
Nash only played the first half but hit some ridiculous shots.
Blake looked good in terms of his court vision today, setting up some good assists and didn't have a terrible shooting performance.
Everyone was bad from three today.
Landry had a nice poster-ish dunk today but I don't think it makes him on the team.
Wes apparently looked like that intangible guy, was taking down rebounds and wasn't playing outside of the system, took opportune shots but was mostly hustling. This I'm fine with. I don't expect 15 ppg from him unless he's wide open all of the time and the defense is completely playing off him. Seems more glue guy that does 'the little things' rather than a superstar. I'm fine with that.
Gasol had 16/7/4 which was nice
Kaman off the bench had 8/6/1 so he needs to start next to Gasol imo.
Jordan Hill only playing the 2nd half had 4 points but 8 rebounds. He needs to backup both bigs.
Farmar did well and had 4 steals as well. He needs to play when Blake is off or when we want to go for a faster look.
Meeks had one of his "once in a blue moon" 'alright' shooting performances.
Xavier was off with his jumper but still got 6 points by going 4-5 from the free throw line.
Xavier seems the type that can net you 15+ points when his jumper is on and still get you 5-10 on nights when his jumper's off because of his ability to get to the line. He's a keeper, I just hope the Lakers DO!
Landry is DFenders material but at least he'd stay in Los Angeles and be on call in case anything happened(which I hope doesn't, but he's good to have as a substitute for one of our shooters)
Alright so to me I'm guessing that D'antoni next game is going to try Wes at the starting 3 with the Kaman Gasol lineup, and bring Farmar off the bench. Seems most logical, and keeping our bench lineup and rotation as it was before. Seems like that should work to me.
But today from the beginning it seems we were trying out new lineups and Gasol/Kaman still was the best one in terms of starting. After that D'antoni was trying out different bench lineups against GSW starters and saw what did and didn't work.
So then hopefully now that Farmar and Wes are BACK we will find out what works best with them sooner rather than later, if this is the case I'm glad they made it back with 2 games left in pre-season so we can figure that out.
So am now hoping everyone else remains healthy so we can get this solidified!!!
I'll post up full game highlights soon as I upload them.