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Lakers' starting backcourt is in significant shooting slump

Lakers' starting backcourt is in significant shooting slump
The Lakers' Steve Nash, right, passes the ball as the Clippers' Chris Paul defends at Staples Center. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

The Lakers' starting backcourt of Steve Nash and Steve Blake is shooting a combined 28.1% from the field.

Nash has hit just seven of 24 shots (29.2%), and Blake has converted just nine of 33 (27.3%).

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With the starters in such a significant slump, it's almost a surprise the Lakers are 2-2 through the first week of the season.

The shooting woes aren't isolated to the backcourt. Through the team's first three games, Nick Young started at small forward -- shooting six for 22 (27.3%).

It's not surprising that Coach Mike D'Antoni looked to make a change before Sunday's visit from the Atlanta Hawks, moving Xavier Henry into the starting lineup.

Through four games, Henry is averaging 14.3 points a game on 41.5% shooting from the field and 45.5% from three-point range.

Henry's 31 free-throw attempts are almost twice as many as the next closest Laker (Pau Gasol with 17).

Reserves Jordan Farmar (43.2%) and Jodie Meeks (50%) have shot the ball relatively well this season.

Forwards Wesley Johnson and Shawne Williams are hitting just 33.3% from the field. Johnson does have a reliable three-point shot so far, with six makes in 15 tries (40%).

One of the team's top three-point shooters by percentage is Gasol, who has converted half of his six attempts.

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