On Thursday night in New York, D'Antoni turned to Ebanks to try and slow a red-hot Carmelo Anthony. Ebanks started the second half alongside Metta World Peace at forward.
Ebanks recorded season-highs in minutes (34), points (15) and rebounds (five). He made 5 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 free throws, helping the Lakers come back in the second half, albeit a bit short of a victory.
I don't know about you, but this gives me an idea. D'Antoni is a coach that likes to go small. Dwight Howard is an undersized center that can run.
If we put this lineup out there:
Duhon, Kobe, Ebanks, MWP, D-12
as our key reserves, that can be a team that would be quicker, and although we haven't had much success in this area, defensively as well. Artest can play the 4 there is no question about that. The beautiful thing about this is Artest's improvement as a scorer on this team.
Put in an Ebanks that moves exceptionally well without the ball, and there could finally be a solution to these chemistry problems we have been having lately.