Despite the loss in Denver to the
Hill's size, toughness and ability to snag offensive rebounds has helped the Lakers win four of their 10 games.
On Wednesday, the Lakers simply ran out of gas, falling 111-99 to the Nuggets. There's no reward for competing in a close game until the final minutes -- at least not in the win column.
For the second time in his career, Hill recorded double-doubles in both games (averaging 19.5 points and 13 rebounds). He previously hit the mark in January 2012 with the
Hill is currently third in the
On the season, Hill has averaged 8.9 points and 7.9 rebounds (3.4 offensive) while playing just 18.5 minutes a game. He also blocks a shot a game.
Judging by the lineups signed off on by D'Antoni, Hill is playing power forward while
D'Antoni noted recently that there's no specific distinction within his offense between the two positions, outside of defensive assignment.
Hill has also managed to raise his free throw percentage to 61.3% on the year, after a three-game stretch where he converted just one of 11 attempts.
The Lakers will need everything Hill brings when they play