Ronnie Price has filled in as the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers through the majority of preseason, but head coach Byron Scott said his place in the starting five is not "definitive" for the season, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Price has played a large role for the Lakers with injuries sidelining Jeremy Lin, Jordan Clarkson and Steve Nash through preseason. Nash has since been ruled out for the season, while Lin and Clarkson have both returned to the Lakers' lineup.
Lin has played well off the bench, stepping in as a secondary ball-handler to help the Lakers' bench offense. Los Angeles is still missing bench pieces like Nick Young and Xavier Henry, making Lin's presence with the Lakers' reserves important. He's averaged 10.8 points and six assists through preseason while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc and overall in four games.
Scott said he'd look at Lin possibly starting "on Friday," following the Lakers' win over the Portland Trail Blazers, but Price is expected to start in the final preseason game. Scott mentioned he's stuck with Price because he's played well through exhibition, and Lin only recently returned from injury.