Lakers mostly closing out games with young lineup

first_img“It was just, ‘I’m going to see what you (young) guys can do. I’m going to leave you in there,’” Scott said. “With guys like Jordan especially, this is great experience for him. He’s going to go through some heartaches and some growing pains going through it, but at the end of the day, he has to gain that experience.”Clarkson has since averaged 12.9 points and 3.3 assists through six starts. But Clarkson missed a potential game-winner on Friday against Orlando in regulation. “We’re trying to stay ready when our number is called,” Lin said. “We can’t control everything else that’s going on.”But moments earlier, Lin touted about the bench’s collective experience. “Once you’ve been through it all and have those experiences,” “ Lin said, “it helps you down the road when you face certain obstacles.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It did not help against Milwaukee, however. Hence, why it seems understandable Scott has mostly geared toward leaning on his younger players. With wins harder to come by, Scott will spend the rest of the season leaning on his young starting lineup in hopes to accelerate their learning curve. “Obviously we are trying to develop the young guys which once upon a time we were young guys. I understand the process,” said Boozer, a former two-time All-Star. “It is tough when you know you could be out there and help your team. But at the same time it is a developmental period.”center_img CLEVELAND — The Lakers insist they are not tanking.But ever since Kobe Bryant injured his right shoulder and soon needed season-ending surgery two weeks ago, the Lakers have shown through their actions that they care more right now about developing players than winning games. The Lakers (13-37) enter Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21) at Quicken Loans Arena with a starting lineup that averages only 1.6 years of total NBA experience. It includes two rookies (Jordan Clarkson, andTarik Black), a second-year player (Ryan Kelly) and a third-year player (Robert Sacre). Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, in his sixth NBA season, is the starter with the most experience.Lakers coach Byron Scott leaned on a bench unit that included Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin to close out the team’s eventual overtime loss on Wednesday in Milwaukee. But ever since losing the ultimate closer in Bryant, Scott has used the six other games since his injury to allow his young crop of players to play in crunch time. last_img