L.A. Lakers Need Antawn Jamison to Do What Pau Gasol Won’t

November 27th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
With Steve Nash still a week away from even a possible time frame for his return from a fractured fibula in his left leg (according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times), the L.A. Lakers are forced to attempt to manufacture ways to kick start Mike D'Antoni's offense.

Since D'Antoni moved to the Lakers' bench on November 20, his team has reached the century mark just once in four games. They were 5-5 before his arrival and are 2-2 since.

The Lakers' starting bigs have struggled mightily in adapting to the team's second offensive system in the season's early goings. Dwight Howard scored 23 points in that Nov. 20 win over the Brooklyn Nets, but he has managed just 29 in the three games since. Pau Gasol, who was struggling long before the arrival of his new coach, has managed just 11.0 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting with D'Antoni at the helm.

But the Lakers do have one forward making noise in the team's new system. Antawn Jamison, who logged just over 14 minutes in D'Antoni's first two games, has totaled 35 points in his past two outings. He's shot 7-of-11 from the field in each game and converted three of his seven three-point atte ...

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