It didn’t take long for Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott to make a lineup change as he announced that Jeremy Lin would once again be re-inserted into the starting lineup, according to Eric Pincus of LA Times.
Byron Scott talking about starting a Jeremy Lin – Jordan Clarkson backcourt
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) March 23, 2015
Scott stated at Monday’s practice that he is playing Lin in the backcourt alongside rookie Jordan Clarkson with Wayne Ellington the out odd man out. He will also make the change at power forward with Ryan Kelly starting in place of Jordan Hill.
Lin is coming of his most best performance of the season scoring a season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Sunday’s 101-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. This included notching 21 of his points on 7-of-12 shooting in the second half with 12 points coming in the fourth quarter.
Scott was quite impressed with the 26-year-old’s play on both ends of the floor, especially given that he had been dealing with back spasms in the three days prior. This was the case against the Utah Jazz as the injury heavily affected his performance as he scored just two points on 1-0f-8 in 22 minutes played.
“I thought he was great on both ends,” Scott said after Sunday’s win over the 76ers. “He made great decisions. On the offensive end he got guys involved and was aggressive. Defensively he was where he was supposed to be, and did a lot of good things there as well. I thought he played great.”
Scott had hedged at the idea of starting Lin in the starting lineup after the game by stating he was “pretty close” to coming to a decision. Lin also wasn’t shy saying that he had wanted to once again be a starter, but kept his focus on what he could control.
“Obviously I want to start, but nothing’s guaranteed,” Lin said after Sunday’s win. “At this point 60 or 70 games in I am just trying to stay focus on ‘when I get put out there’ and do what I am supposed to do. That’s nothing to be concerned about.”
It was quite evident that Lin’s back has significantly improved, and so has his play since the All-Star as he his averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 assists in 15 games. This includes 10 double digit point outputs with three 20-plus point performances.
He had originally began the season as the Lakers starting point guard, but loss the spot due to his inconsistency and poor play on defense. Lin and Scott also had their difference in ideas over the use of the pick-and-roll, which the five-year has excelled using throughout his career.
All in all, With just 14 games left in the season expect Lin to remain in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.
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