Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has decided on the adjustments he'll be making to the starting lineup. Ed Davis and Ronnie Price will start with Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill, the team announced. That means Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin will play off the bench going forward.
Scott told media he was ready to change things up for the Lakers following their blowout-loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday. Lin played well during the game but was on the floor for just 19 minutes, leading to speculation his role was one of the first to be changed. Lin playing off the bench can be beneficial for the Lakers, however, as he can spend more time handling the ball and organizing the Lakers' bench unit. Scott also played Lin off the bench through much of preseason.
Boozer's off-the-bench role will be interesting to see, as the 12-year veteran has been a starter through most of his career. Davis has a great opportunity to prove himself as a starter. He's struggled with foul trouble throughout the season, though, and the increased minutes could be a hard adjustment for him.
Scott promised change and it's here. Sunday night against the New Orleans Pelicans will be the first look at whether or not it makes much of a difference for the Lakers.