By Eric Pincus
December 19, 2012, 2:18 p.m.
The Lakers won their third-straight game Tuesday night, barely, holding off the Charlotte Bobcats by a single point, 101-100.
Pau Gasol returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence. He played 29 1/2 minutes, and while he only shot three for 10 from the field, his overall box score was relatively solid with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
Coach Mike D'Antoni used Gasol's return as an opportunity to experiment with the team's rotation. Devin Ebanks started the game at small forward but played just under five minutes, missing three of four shots.
That put Metta World Peace on the bench, in two roles. D'Antoni wants World Peace to not only play small forward but also be Gasol's primary backup at the four.
Well if for some, whatever reason you didn't know this then, you now officially know that Mike D is tinkering a bit seeing what he can get from some of these guys. So far, it has been working.
What a genius idea to allow Ron to play some 4. A 4 in D'Antoni's system is expected to be a good stretch to the other team's defense. Additionally, Ron can also post up and make some shots in the paint.
This opportunity also allows Pau the chance to play center, and to get the ball inside where he feels he is more useful. It has been a better sight to see. Not great, but its a start.
Unfortunately this will be a big hit to some of these hopefuls on our team (Jamison, Hill). I am interested to see what is going to happen with that. Hill especially, would bring so much value on this team, or in a trade package for some cold blooded sharp shooter.