The Lakers have lost their first two road games by a combined 50 points, so something obviously needs to change.
According to tweets from the O.C. Register’s Bill Oram and ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin, Mike D’Antoni will go with a big lineup on Thursday when the Lakers take on Dwight Howard and co. in Houston:
Over the Lakers’ first five games D’Antoni has started the game with Shawne Williams at the power forward position.
However, Williams has struggled to serve as an effective stretch four: so far he’s averaging just 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 30 percent from behind the arc.
On the other hand, Chris Kaman is averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds, while Jordan Hill – who started the second half for the Lakers on Tuesday night – is putting up 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in just over 14 minutes per game.
It would appear that one of these two players will start Thursday’s game in order to match up with the Rockets’ big front line of Howard and Omer Asik, though D’Antoni also has another option if he decides to continue playing small ball.
Wesley Johnson has looked decent while playing at the power forward position in limited minutes so far this season and is averaging 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting just under 39 percent from three.