It doesn't take a numerologist to figure out the unevenness of the
The Lakers have played 30 games. They've used 15 starting lineups. None of their players has started every game this season.
It sounds a lot like the crux of a 13-17 team. With only minimal promise of a playoff-bound turnaround.
A 16th starting lineup could be unveiled Sunday against Philadelphia if neither
That's the Lakers these days. Their whole season feels like a game-time decision.
"We have a lot of people that are even. We don't have a set of three superstars and two guys and here's their role," D'Antoni said Saturday. "And we've had injuries…. We're scrambling a little bit."
It all starts with
Thirteen of 15 players on the Lakers' roster have started a game. Rookie Ryan Kelly has not. Nor has recent signee
"I haven't had a season like this," said
Earlier in the week, D'Antoni was down on fair-weather Lakers fans. By Saturday, though, he was optimistic about the near future.
"These guys have played with a focus and purpose. We feel like we're ready to turn the corner," he said.
The Lakers (13-17) are looking at consecutive home games against teams with losing records: Philadelphia (8-20), Milwaukee (6-23) and Utah (9-23). Philadelphia, in particular, is 1-12 on the road.
Short on bigs?
"It looks pretty favorable [for Kaman]. He feels pretty good about it," D'Antoni said. "The swelling's not too bad."
Kaman had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 105-103 loss to Utah. He was injured when he stepped on a Utah player's foot while passing the ball to Jordan Farmar.
Gasol is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds. He sat out a Dec. 21 game at
Jordan Hill and